John 15:15, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you”
Galatians 2:20, “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”
Webster defines the word lonely as … unfrequented by human beings; deserted; desolate; sad from lack of companionship; characterized by or inducing the sadness of solitude. Thus, loneliness is one of the scourges of humanity because it affects everyone regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. Whether you’re a PhD or high school dropout, rich or poor, you’re equally vulnerable to loneliness. What exactly is loneliness? It’s a feeling that intimacy, understanding, friendship, and acceptance are missing from one’s life. It’s a feeling of isolation or separation from others, a feeling of being all-alone as described above.
Many circumstances can bring out the feeling of loneliness, like a separation or unfilled relationship, relocation, adjusting to a new phase in life, children leaving the home or simply being too withdrawn. Instead of getting involved, we often draw back and cocoon into a safe world that prevents us from being hurt, embarrassed, or just plain exposed to other people. Engraved on a tombstone were words that touched the heart of author Max Lucado. The epitaph did not give the dates of her birth or death. It included only her name, the names of her two husbands, and this melancholy mini-biography:
Sleeps, but rests not.
Loved, but was loved not.
Tried to please, but pleased not.
Died as she lived – alone.
Those words can be applied to the lives of multitudes of people in today’s world who feel so terribly lonely and unloved. Maybe you’re one of those individuals? They try to reach out and make friends, but their best efforts often prove unsuccessful. My friend the gospel has a message for anyone who, like that woman feels they belong to that frustrated legion of the lonely and unloved. It’s the good news about the Friend who cared enough to die as our substitute on the wooden cross at Calvary. It’s about the Friend who loves each of us with a love that can never be alienated, who sticks closer than a brother, and who understands us completely. That Friend is Jesus Christ.
When a person, by faith, accepts the sin-atoning sacrifice of Jesus, that person receives the promise they will never be forsaken by God (Hebrews 13:5). We who believe the Bible know that the almighty, eternal Creator has revealed Himself as a loving Father, and that He infinitely cares for us. And through His Son, He has shown Himself to be a Friend of sinners (Matthew 11:19). When in faith we reach out and grasp His down-stretched, nail-pierced hand, we are gripped by the love that will never let us go. What a privilege to know in our darkest moment that when we cry out, Jesus answers, “I am your ever-present Friend!”
As believers in Christ, we have His constant presence. Here is His promise, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Let’s make certain that each day we give Jesus Christ the consideration He deserves as our Savior, our Master, and our Friend! Jesus said that He Himself is the truth and the only way to God (John 14:6). He also said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12).”
As believers in Christ … it’s comforting to know that even if the people around us … our friends or even our family and loved ones ignore, betray or even disown us, one thing is for sure, that in the sight of our Lord Jesus, we are worth saving, worth redeeming, worth loving, because in His sight we are …oh, sooooooooo PRECIOUS.
What a marvelous Savior, Creator, and Friend that we have in Jesus Christ. He has opened the gates of Heaven to us, He has thrown open the doors of spiritual prosperity and drawn back the blinds on the windows of wisdom so God’s Light of Love and Truth can shine into our lives. My question I have for you is a simple one:
(1) Have you asked the Light of the world (Jesus Christ) into your life as your Savior and Friend? If so, you’ll never be lonely! However, if you haven’t …
(2) I would urge you to accept God’s only plan of salvation … that being through His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ said it so succinctly in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.”