Dr. Myles Munroe says not only do people misunderstand what it means to be single, but they also misunderstand what it means to be alone. These words are not synonymous. Let's look at what being alone means.
"In Genesis 2:18 God says to this man, 'It's not good for man to be alone,'" states Dr. Munroe. "God never said it's not good for man to be single. You must understand that singleness is not a problem to God. As a matter of fact, God encourages singleness. He wants you to become unique, separate, and whole.
"'Alone' is what God saw as the problem. The word literally means isolated. God was saying He doesn't want a person to be isolated in him or herself.
"Loneliness is a terrible thing; it's a disease; it's a product of a poor self-concept. It's a product of people who don't believe that they are worth being loved or that they are important, so they feel isolated from the crowd. That is a sickness. God says He doesn't like that. He doesn't want that to happen to anybody. Aloneness is the source of that."
God does not want you to be alone, but He does want you to be single—separate, unique, and whole. Take a moment to think about where you fit in Dr. Munroe's definitions of single versus alone.
"Look at me and help me! I'm all alone and in big trouble" (Psalm 25:16 Msg).