How lonely we all get at times. We must all face it. One needs only to visit in the rest homes and retirement centers to see the loneliness of the elderly. Talk to a poor widow lady who has to try to make it on her own or a husband who struggling after the loss of his lifelong mate.
David knew something about loneliness in Psalm 63:1-11.
Paul said in Romans 1:1, “I long to see you.”
In Philippians 1:8 he said, “How greatly I long after you all.”
Think of your personal illustration of loneliness when you are traveling without your wife or family. Think of brotherly love in verses 1-3.
In his book, “Coping with Loneliness,” Leroy Peterson points out four kinds of lonely people.
THE LONELINESS OF ALIENATION
You just don’t feel a part of it – don’t belong. You feel left out, even in the family. No one cares about you.
THE LONELINESS OF ISOLATION
Those living alone without any relationships whatsoever: rest homes, etc. Often even Christians who have isolated themselves. Both of these can be helped.