08/05/18 CHOICES – Loneliness is a Choice

Romans 8:30 NLT

And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

 

Matthew 22:14 NIV

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

 

Matthew 20:28 NIV

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

 

Four Things to Fight-Off Loneliness

 

  1. Discover God’s care.

 

Did you know? Loneliness is the one thing that God chose not to solve alone.

 

Genesis 2:18 NIV

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

 

Psalm 36:5-9 NIV

5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.

7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.

9For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

 

  1. Learn that Jesus understands!

 

Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

 

  1. Realize this! Full payment for loneliness has been made!

 

Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,

5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

 

  1. Remember we have been invited into a new relationship.

 

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 NIV

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”