How can I cope with loneliness? What can I do to get over this feeling?

 Hello W,

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Millions who have experienced loneliness have found great comfort in the sweet fellowship of Christ. Jesus loved us unto death “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). No one will ever love us this way.

Jesus is the friend who “sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). Jesus promised never to leave us or forsake us but to be with us until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). And Jesus added, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:18). And He will come again to take us to be with Him forever (John 13:1-3).

Jesus, also, intended that every Christian may be part of the body of Christ for love, support and fellowship. So, join a Bible believing commandment keeping church and be a part of that fellowship. Jesus earnestly prayed for the unity of His disciples saying, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.” (John 17:21). And He commanded His disciples “love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

In the New Testament, the word “lonely” only occurs twice and both times refers to desolate places where Jesus moved off into the wilderness to be alone (Mark 1:45; Luke 5:16). Therefore, Jesus understands what loneliness means and He is very eager to love you. So, connect yourself to Him daily by mediating on His Words.

If you are plagued with loneliness, contemplate this beautiful promise “But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” (Isaiah 49:14-16).

The strongest love known to human beings is that of a mother for her child, and this love Isaiah uses to illustrate the love of God. Isaiah declares God’s children may have no conception of the depth and enduring quality of God’s love for them (Deut. 7:7, 8). And during the dark times, they may struggle with loneliness and feel that God has forgotten them (Isa. 40:27; 54:6, 7; Ps. 137:1–4). But the reality is that they are the apple of His eyes (Ps. 17:8). And throughout eternity the nail prints in Christ’s hands will be the perpetual reminder of His everlasting love for them (John 15:13).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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