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Loneliness

By: Steve Shirley

     Christians are never truly alone. Once we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. He is called "the Comforter" (Jn 14:26)(Jn 15:26)(Jn 16:7) who abides with us forever (Jn 14:16), and helps us feel loved (Rom 5:5). Jesus has also promised He would be with us until the end of the world (Mt 28:20). He is continually making intercession for us (Heb 7:25)(1 Jn 1:2)(Rom 8:34). We are always able to pray to the Lord who will never leave nor forsake us (Heb 13:5), and is near to the brokenhearted (Ps 34:18) and heals them (Ps 147:3).

     Jesus spoke these words when He knew the time would come when He would be deserted by those close to Him:

(Jn 16:32) Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

     Jesus even said that those who do the will of my Father are my brothers and sisters (Mt 12:50).

     What are some steps to take if you are lonely? A good Bible preaching church is a great start. Introduce yourself, get to know people. Get involved in Bible studies or small groups with the church. They are a great way to get connected more intimately with people. If you are unable to go to church for some physical reason, consider having a Bible study or small group in your home or just invite someone in your church over to pray with you and fellowship. The old saying goes, "the best way to get a friend is to be a friend." Be there for people who need a friend, be willing to listen. There are SO many opportunities to help others by witnessing and sharing your faith. Visit shut-ins, visit those in nursing homes, get involved in prison ministries, help feed the hungry, take in a stranger, etc... Jesus told us to do things like this in (Mt 25:34-45). It is an act of obedience and a blessing.

     Friend, if you have never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, please allow Him to fill this void in your life. You can do this today! Please see our Plan of Salvation link if you want a friend who is ALWAYS there for you.Smile

(Jn 14:23) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

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