How do you keep from the kind of lonely that quickly trends towards isolation?
You don’t have to be lonely alone! Here are 4 Ways to Avoid Isolation…
1 – Refuse to isolate. Determine not to isolate and tell someone about your commitment who will hold you accountable for staying in community.
2 – Get alone with the Lord. Solitude with Him is sacred. Isolation is not. Get away and get into His Word, prayer, worship and meditation daily.
3 – Stay connected to the family. We desperately need the encouragement and accountability that the Spirit of God brings through the Body of Christ! While you are at it, serve someone together. Few things draw us closer to the Lord and the family of God like taking Jesus’ example and serving others in His Name.
“God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” (Psalm 68:6)
4 – Praise the Lord! There is power in our praise of the One who is always true to Himself and His people. Have you ever read the account of Paul and Silas in prison. They chose to turn their prison into a Tabernacle of Praise and this led to their freedom AND the salvation of the jailor and his entire household!
Remember, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE LONELY ALONE!
Jesus’ brother challenges and inspires in James 4:8a, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” The moment you turn to Him you will find that He was and is right there waiting for you and already walking with you!
Check out this challenging article on responding to loneliness as a local church. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/church-respond-loneliness-epidemic/
What are your thoughts on loneliness and how to live through it as followers of Jesus and leaders in His church? Let us know your thoughts in the reply section below!