Loneliness

Loneliness feels terrible. Even when you are surrounded by dozens of people, inner loneliness causes you to feel like no one is there. But in reality, you are not alone. Loneliness comes from the feeling that no one cares.

No matter what you tell yourself, friends, family, and even complete strangers care. They may not always seem to care, but they do. Someone cares about you. If something is weighing heavy on your heart, turn to someone to talk to. Life does not have to be suffered alone, and comfort can be found in others.

Sometimes friends and family fail to bring the comfort needed for whatever trial you are facing. When they are not any help, turn to God. God cares. He will always care, and he will always be there for you. God will always love you.

Take a look at Psalm 25:16-18, which says,
16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
This is a prayer of David. He is in distress. He is desolate. He is lonely. David, in this moment, has turned to God, the Almighty, for comfort. David turned towards the one who created comfort. David turned towards God, who can provide comfort much greater than any person in the world could.

In your pain, and in your loneliness, pray to God. Pray to him, and tell him your troubles. Pray something along the lines of, "God, I am weak, I am lonely. I am burdened. Comfort me. Amen."

When God is the top priority of our heart, what evil can stand against us? What burdens can defeat us? With God, our burdens are lifted, we are comforted, we are made strong, and we are not alone.

Now, let us take a look at two more verses:

1 Peter 5:7,
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Psalm 147:3,
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
What can we gather from this? God cares! God is willing to comfort us. All we have to do is ask. All we have to do is pray to God. For the longest time, I didn't know God cared about me. I bore the weight of my own burdens. But once I realized that God would carry all my burdens for me, and put them away forever, I gave them all to him, and he delivered me from them. All we have to do is hand our troubles to God. He loves us, and he cares for us.

Take a deep look at Romans 8:31-39. Don't just read it, but absorb what it is saying.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Look at verse 31 again. "If God be for us, who can be against us?" Better yet to ask, who, or what, can be against us? Have you realized the weight of the Gospel, which is the story of Jesus Christ? God sent himself, as Jesus, with the sole purpose to die on the cross. He knew he was going to hang there, and he suffered through it for us. He died for all of our sins. That took a lot of love, and it took a lot of care. He died for us, he suffered for us, and he bore the weight of our sins so that we wouldn't have to. He did that for us so we could have a chance at everlasting life. Is this not the most powerful love story?

Imagine a parent, or someone you dearly love, dying to save your life. Imagine sacrificing your own life so that someone you care deeply about can have their life spared. God died not only for you and me, but for every soul known to man. He died for those that were alive then, those now, and those to come. That is the most unimaginable love. Jesus loves us so much, that while hanging on the cross, he said, "Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34).

When we have Christ's love in our heart, what can separate us from it? When we have the love of God in our heart, we are never alone. He is always with us. When loneliness sinks in, look into your heart for Christ. He loves you. He cares for you. He will listen to you. He will comfort you.

When you are lonely, and friends and family fail to provide the comfort you need, turn to God. He is the one true comforter. Remember Christ, for he loves us all so much that he was willing to die on the cross so that we can have a chance at everlasting life. Remember him whose love can never be separated from you.

And when you're lonely, remember Matthew 28:20:
20 ...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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