by Christian author, Pola Muzyka
After redemption we realize almost immediately that we are no longer alone. We are part of a huge body of believers who have the same Father in common. Given renewed hope and a new family we can now search out our common ground.
However, loneliness sets in when we least expect it. Our world has now changed and with that change comes a new way of life. Friends and family we may love can no longer relate and visa-versa. Left unchecked, a stronghold of loneliness can take the place of our new faith.
If we were sincere when we chose Christ, then the Word is being planted in good ground by the Holy Spirit. When we try to separate ourselves from the Holy Spirit — truth – and refuse to accept our place in the body of Christ, heartache and confusion tug at our side.
No matter how hard we try, we can’t skip this step. We made a choice and it’s up to us to keep it or leave it. Loneliness after receiving Christ will only take hold in our lives if we remove ourselves from the source of our new life.
Loneliness in a non believer’s life can become a stronghold and take root forever. But it will never remain in a true believer’s life.
We will never be able to go back to our old way of life. But we gain so much more when we stick to our convictions. We gain family, freedom in Christ, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and the assurance of everlasting life.
1. Draw closer to Christ — read the Word daily. As you read, the Holy Spirit will guide you. With the Holy Spirit in you, you are never alone.
John 1:1 IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word ( Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
1 John 4:13 By this we come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us: because He has given (imparted) to us of His [Holy] Spirit.
2. Reach out to others. Sharing your faith with others is a blessing for them and for you.
1 Corinthians 11:1-2 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.
3. A person without Christ will not understand your new insight. Speak to them in terms they understand.
Mark 4:33 Jesus spoke God’s word to them using many illustrations like these. In this way people could understand what he taught.
4. Rest in knowing that Christ will not leave you alone now. He knew you from the beginning and prayed for you before you were even born.
John 17:20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,
Matthew 28:20 Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble! Don’t be afraid of them! The Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you.”
5. Embrace your new family in Christ.
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another.
Ephesians 2:19 Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God’s [own] household.
1 Timothy 5:1-2 DO NOT sharply censure or rebuke an older man, but entreat and plead with him as [you would with] a father. Treat younger men like brothers; 2[Treat] older women like mothers [and] younger women like sisters, in all purity.