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Friendliness: The Cure for Loneliness

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

Loneliness plagues many people. One of the best ways to dispel that discouragement is to pour your life into someone else. Have you lost touch with acquaintances from days gone by? Let me encourage you to renew those old friendships. You may discover that old friend could use some encouragement, too!

Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Pick up the phone and call that long-lost friend. If you don’t have their address or phone number, try the internet. Facebook and Google can help you locate folks that you haven’t heard from in years!

We also should continually make new friends. Whether at church, the grocery store, hairdresser, or a garage sale, Christians should exhibit the unselfish, genuine interest in others that Jesus demonstrated as He walked and ministered in Galilee. Don’t be turned off by what you see. Clothing, piercings, tattoos, or even the color of a person’s hair can be used as an excuse to ignore someone that God wants you to love. The ostracized tax collector, Zacchaeus, was targeted by Christ. Most folks were repulsed by his reputation, but Jesus saw a soul that needed redemption and reached out to him. Matthew 19:1-10

Here is a challenge. The next time you are in a crowd, look for the person that appears to be left out. Pray for God to fill your heart with His love and approach that person with a friendly greeting. Yes, there is the possibility that your friendliness will not be appreciated, but you will be pleasing God with your obedience, and you might just make a new friend!