Overcoming Loneliness: Jesus
By Dr. Richard D. Dobbins
The only thing about creation God saw as not good was the fact that the man
was alone. So, He created woman and designed marriage and the family so that
we would never have to be alone.
We were created for fellowship with God and each other. Satan wants to put
distance between you and God--between you and those you love.
Every healthy Christian fears being separated from God, and every healthy
human being fears being separated from other human beings.
I believe there is a universal awareness that human beings were at one time
in union with God. I believe there is a universal awareness that outside of
Christ we are estranged from God.
The Bible tells us that he who fears is not made perfect in love and that
perfect love casts out fear. (See 1 John 4:18.)
If that fear has its roots in our separation from God, the first step toward
dealing with it is re-establishing a healthy relationship with God. This can
only be done through Jesus Christ.
When we accept Christ and we renew our relationship with God, then this fear
is swallowed up in God's love. In fact, John tells us if we walk in the light
as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another (1 John 1:7).
Dr. Richard D. Dobbins
is the leader of EMERGE
Ministries of Akron, Ohio. He serves on the faculty of Ashland Theological
Seminary and initiated the coordination of their masters program in
Pastoral Counseling. An acclaimed author, Dr. Dobbins has created numerous
film/video presentations on topics of interest to believers and has
written many books, booklets, articles and audiotapes on Christian mental
Akron, Ohio. Used with persmission.
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