On a recent night while in prayer, God impressed upon me to write on the subject of "Overcoming Loneliness." Often we hear Sunday messages on faith, salvation and tithing, but there is another legitimate issue people wrestle with called loneliness. Being alone does not necessarily mean that one has to be lonely. Loneliness, according to the dictionary, is a condition where a person is "affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone."God does not want anyone to struggle with or be defeated by loneliness. Many people hate to have this feeling and place themselves prematurely in wrong relationships in an attempt to overcome this feeling. BIG MISTAKE! Just because you are with someone in a relationship (even a marriage) does not mean that you will not wrestle with loneliness. A second definition I found for loneliness reads, "...destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, or support."Many have found out the hard way that even after marriage their spouse may fall short of their expectations. This is especially true if they married a person God has not intended for them or an immature spouse. If your spouse does not try, know how to, or care about fulfilling emotional and physical needs for attention and companionship, you may STILL suffer from loneliness. Even worse, hurt, distrust, and low self-esteem, etc.. may result from a broken relationship. Add these with loneliness and you have an emotional wreck.
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