Loneliness is an awareness that we do not have the
social interaction we desire. Loneliness can be found
in a crowd. We may be lonely when we shouldn't feel
that way. Loneliness ought not to be felt in the
church. The church is to be a place where saved souls
become more and more like Christ and experience
Friendship is explored in 3 ways:
1. The matter of friendship
When God made the world, he saw that it was not good
for man to be alone so he made other people for him.
To live friendless lives is to reject God's purpose
for friends in our lives.
2. The mark of friendship
The rich always seem to have many friends. However,
this is a false friendship. Their friends usually
just want something from them. The mark of true
friendship is love. Therefore, Christ is the ultimate
Friend. He died on the cross for the sins of people
who were not his friends
3. The manifestation of friendship
- there is the issue of compassion
- there is the matter of company
- there is the issue of conflict
When our friends begin to sin we must come into
conflict with them for their good.
- the matter of counsel
When men let us down, we must remember our Savior,
the perfect Friend.