Friday, January 4, 2019

Loneliness

Loneliness
Isaiah 40:28-29 KJV
Hast thou not known?... that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 

God has created us as social creatures that desire fellowship with other people. We, as human beings, cannot be truly happy unless the basic need for friendship or companionship is met. Many people become extremely lonely during the holiday season leading them down the road to depression and hopelessness. The feeling of loneliness can stem from a deeper problem–––not maintaining a proper relationship with God and with other people. Some people are hurt deeply from those that can help encourage but choose not to–––leaving people feeling rejected and depressed.  

For those of you who have tried to reach out to the lonely in their time of need, but have been rejected in your attempt to encourage; love them anyway and be their friend. John 15:17 says: “These things I command you, that ye love one another.” Show genuine concern towards the friendless and rejoice in the Lord with and for them. Aim for restoration and you will be gaining a beloved friend. Bear their burdens fulfilling the whole law of Christ (Galatians 6:2) and continue to share the Great Comforter with them. He knows and understands what it means to be rejected and the pain that comes from being forsaken.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;...” (Isaiah 53:3).

Being supportive to the people that are closest to you in their loneliness and pain is uplifting and inspiring. Communicating that you are sincerely interested in their needs having compassion on them is nurturing and kind. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10 ESV).

Lord, help me to see those that are hurting and not be weary in well doing.



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