Daily Devotional

SUPPORT GROUP

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” 1 Corinthians 5:14 (KJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son needed direction on what to do with an acquaintance who was becoming suicidal in his thoughts. That was shortly after the suicide of Dr. Allwell Orji hit the newsstand. My first reaction was to ask after his parents. I learned that he has lost his father. The stepfather cared little about him. The reason I asked for his parents was because family members are about the surest support group we can get in times of crises. Your family holds it as a sacred obligation to look after your welfare. This is the reason we should strive to be at peace with them. Whatever kindness you show to your kit and kin is like an investment that will yield plenty dividends somewhere along your life’s path.

 

When family was out of the equation for the young man, I asked my son which church he identifies with. Unfortunately, he is not one who has made a habit of the church. I was to recommend him to see his pastor. Usually, when people become suicidal it is because they have lost perspective. A pastor can help to put things in proper perspective for people, using the word of God as the umpire. In addition to what a pastor would do, brethren in a particular local assembly can come in handy as an effective support group, much like what we enjoy from natural family. Do not forget that the church is the family of God; and members look after one another. In our text, Paul exhorted the Corinthians to “support the weak”. Those who do not belong to a church or pay lip service to the household of faith rob themselves of support. There are things we may not be able to shoulder alone; but help is certainly awaiting us in the family of God.

 

FURTHER STUDY: HEBREWS 10:19-25

PRAYER: Father, let every negative thoughts of suicide be destroyed among Your people.