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Do Yourself No Harm

by on November 17, 2015

Do Yourself No Harm

The words of the Apostle Paul to the Philippian jailer ring clear to many people. “Do not harm yourself.” In the midst of trying circumstances, some person’s first thoughts turn to self harm.

Why would that be?
It is difficult to accept that life may not be what we hoped it would be
Life may not meet our expectations
Life may be experiencing seemingly impossible consequences
Shame and depression may be eating us up inside
Self-harm can look like an easy way out
Physical pain to drown emotional pain can feel good

What to do?
Realize that God loves you even in the most difficult times
Accept that pain is a way of God speaking to you
Self-harm circumvents God’s purposes
Look for God to intervene in your life in unexpected ways
Keep close to Godly people who love you

How to help someone else who is doing self-harm
They may be facing overload
They need your support
They may be unaware of their need for help
They may be unaware of the path they take to self-harm
Walk with them through the path
Teach them to interrupt that path early in the process

Practical and Biblical
“Lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees”
“Strengthen that which remains”
Point them to the Answer
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:
And he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee…” Deu. 33:27

What are some kinds of self-harm?
Cutting, burning, head-banging, immorality, drugs, alcohol, financial irresponsibility, poor sleeping and eating habits, etc.

What do self-harming people need?
They need a sense of value
They need a reason to live
They need to know that they are loved
They need to feel the love of God
They need to feel the love of God flowing through you to them
They need to know that you are fighting for their heart!

The response of the Philippian jailer
“What must I do to be saved?”
He was facing the impossible
He was sure that he would die
He thought that death was his only option
He underestimated the power of the prisoner’s God
He and his household were baptized
He lived

Death is Satan’s plan for your life
Reject Satan and his evil schemes

Life is Jesus’ plan for your life
“I am come that they may have life and that they may have it in abundance.”
“He that comes to me, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
“My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Choose Jesus.
Choose life!

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