BIBLE READING: Col. 3: 16 - 17 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
BLOG: 22 percent of Millennials in the poll said they had zero friends. 27 percent said they had "no close friends," 30 percent said they have "no best friends," and 25 percent said they have no acquaintances. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/8/1/20750047/millennials-poll-loneliness
We are the most isolated and lonely generation ever in history. Now I'm not about to pontificate about the evils of the internet or the ills of our culture. Instead, I would like to offer some hope.
We know that God is a God of relationship. There is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Three in one in a continuous relationship with each other.
In Genesis 2:18, God said, "Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."
From this point on, we see God creating relationships. He created family, nations, and the church. We see disciples traveling in pairs. We see people coming together to worship God in churches, by rivers, and in homes.
So what can you do to combat loneliness?
#1 Have a relationship with God. Some might scoff at this one, but really. There are times when He is closer to you than anyone else. Build a relationship with Him starting now.
#2 Build relationships within your church family. You don't have to know everyone, but you need to know someone. Be part of a small group, ask people to lunch after church. Build friendships that can last a lifetime.
#3 Build relationships outside of the church. You know people who need to discover who Jesus is. Jesus was a friend to tax collectors and sinners. You can influence others as Christ influences you. Careful that you don't fall into temptation as some do.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to build a great relationship with you and with others. AMEN