The 3 Friends That Will Help You Overcome Loneliness

Loneliness is common to everyone, yet it can be controlled. Consider carefully examining the elements of loneliness in your own life. Knowledge alone cannot solve the problems caused by loneliness, but knowledge coupled with wisdom can be helpful in limiting the
negative effects of loneliness in your life. While loneliness feels like an emotional problem based on unchangeable circumstances, it is actually a perception problem that can lead to emotional problems.

Branch Out from Loneliness by Reaching Out to Friends

When you experience a season of loneliness, reach out to …

  • Casual Friends with whom you have:
    • Occasional contact but common interests and activities
    • Some knowledge of accomplishments, abilities, and character qualities
    • Concern for personal problems

“I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name” (3 John 14).

  • Close Friends with whom you have:
    • Regular contact and mutual interests and
      activities
    • Sensitivity to likes, dislikes, strengths, and
      weaknesses
    • Shared God’s comfort during trials and
      sorrows

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3).

  • Committed Friends with whom you have:
    • Scheduled time together and shared values, goals, experiences, and commitments
    • Freedom to help correct character flaws
    • Personal involvement in defending a reputation

“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay” (Ruth 1:16–17).

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