Saturday, January 30, 2010

Link with Others

An important step in your healing from loneliness is to link up with other people who are trying to develop a deeper relationship with God. These are the people who will help you move forward in faith and in life.

"Scripture encourages us to fellowship with one another," says Sabrina Black. "It says to encourage one another as long as today is today. As you are spending time with people who are concerned about the things of God, they're going to encourage you in your walk with God. If you are pursuing godliness, then they're going to challenge you when your behavior is anything other than biblical. People who are concerned about godliness will be able to look at Scripture and say, 'This is a clear application. This is a clear violation.'"

Dr. Les Carter says, "I've known people who have attempted to get things right with God, and they attempt to link up with other Christians, but they don't take the next step. They don't tell anybody what's going on inside. Another component of getting beyond loneliness is to open your windows. Let people see who you are. Let folks know how you can be ministered to and, in the process, be willing to hear who they are."

In order to grow in your new relationships, you must be sure to be open with your friends, let them know how they can help you, and be willing to listen and respond to their problems as well. God wants to bless you with close, Christian friends. Ask Him today!

"As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend" (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)

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