Loneliness is one of the primary sorrows of our fragmented and disjointed society today. We all feel it at some time. We may even be overwhelmed and immobilized by its destructive effects.
Our Lord, who designed us, never intended us to be alone; we were intended to live in community with one another. He provided a lifestyle which, if embraced, eliminates the power of loneliness.
Yet, our fear of loneliness causes many to move with “herd mentality” —following the masses, flowing with the tide of societal and cultural dictates. The fear of loneliness can generate personal compromise of our spiritual, ethical, and moral dreams and aspirations. However, we should not fear isolation and alone-ness when those times of following Jesus requires us to move against the tide.
To attend us on our “against-the-tide” way, our Lord calls us to caring, loving unity with His children. If we will walk in the unity of the Spirit, our obedience will remove the sting of isolation from our lives.