14 April, 2024
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What do I do with my loneliness?

Some causes & effects

  • Life circumstances- immigration, transition, bereavement, ageing, sickness and marriage breakdown, unwanted singleness etc.
  • Personal issues: Poor social skills, communication issues, social anxiety, intense introversion, fear and low self-esteem, fear of intimacy and self-protective behaviours.
  • Spiritual issues: Alienation from God- unbelief and sin.

“Thou has formed us for himself & our hearts are restless to they find rest in thee.” – Augustine

Effects- Substance abuse, depression, sexual immorality.

Loneliness in the Bible

  • “It’s not for the man to be alone.” Gen 2:18
  • Elijah, Jeremiah & Job. 
  • Jesus: Family & Community, Gethsemane, Calvary, Despised & Rejected (Isaiah 53:3), the great sympathizer (Hebrews 4:15) alienated from the Father (Matthew 27:46.)

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