Rick Warren Shares How To Overcome Loneliness

Loneliness is one of the most miserable feelings a person can experience. Sometimes you may feel that nobody loves you, that nobody even cares if you exist. You do not even have to be alone to feel lonely; you can feel lonely in a crowd. It is not the number of people around you that determines your loneliness; it is your relationship to them. In the urban world that we now live in, people have never lived closer together, and yet they have never felt farther apart.
What does God have to say about your loneliness? What does He offer to fill the vacuum? The first thing He says is, “I understand. I really understand.” The Son of God knows what it is like to be lonely. In Jesus’ darkest hour – the night before He was crucified on the Cross – He was in the Garden of Gethsemane and all His friends fell asleep. When the soldiers came and took Him to the trial, all His disciples fled. Then Peter denied Him three times. When Jesus took the sins of the world on Himself on the Cross, He cried out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” – Mark 15:34.
Jesus understands loneliness. He says to you, “I understand how you fell. I care about you, and I want to help you.” Let Him help you conquer your loneliness as you turn to Him in prayer and reach out in love to lonely people around you.

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