Lonely Hearts

The height of the pandemic was a time that was extremely difficult to navigate. It was not just due to the virus, but also because of another condition that grew rapidly in the midst of it, loneliness.  It was out of love for others and adhering to guidelines we did not physically spend time with one another. Though we can gather again, it is yet a reality that loneliness can plague anyone no matter their age or how many “friends” a person has in their circle.

Take comfort in knowing we are never really alone. We have someone who loves us so much, He laid down His life so that we could spend eternity with Him and our heavenly Father. There is a peace in knowing we may struggle while in the world, but know it can’t and won’t last forever. (See 2 Tim 4:16-18).  What about the now?

Most of the time when we think of loneliness, we equate it to not having a specific amount of people in our circle. However, it is vital to be mindful of whom we allow into our lives instead of settling for anyone. Guard your heart and make sure you are not allowing yourself to be depleted by friendships that are not healthy. We may not notice the effect of this until it has taken an emotional toll. Resolve to have relationships in your life that reflect authentic friendships. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and Romans 12:10).

While we are still blessed with time in this life, we should make sure we are not just focused inwardly because doing so can magnify loneliness. Instead, think of how you can be a blessing to others whether through volunteering your time to help with a good cause or sharing your talents and pouring into someone else. (See 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

If you are going through a time of not being able to physically be with others or having difficulty finding healthy friendships, it can be easy to start believing the lies of the enemy. However, know you are not lacking or incomplete just because you don’t have a companion. Through faith in Christ, you have been made whole and given a comforter- the Holy Spirit. (Reflect on John 14:16-17).

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  1. This is an on time word! Many blessings for your obedience and desire to express God’s heart, his love, and concern along with actionable steps to maintain spiritual health.

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