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4 Tools for Overcoming Loneliness

Loneliness is a pervasive issue in today’s society. Despite our digital connectedness, we can still feel profoundly isolated or disconnected. Loneliness is an emotional and spiritual condition that can alter our mood, thoughts, and even behavior. God cares about our loneliness, which is why He gave us some tools to combat it in the Bible.

1. Be vulnerable with someone.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill Jesus’s law.” 

—Galatians 6:2

Jesus doesn’t want you to go through life alone. We are social creatures designed for relationship and emotional intimacy. Being vulnerable with people can be scary and takes effort, but it’s the foundation of any relationship. If you’re struggling with loneliness, try reaching out to friends or family to build connections that are more meaningful. 

2. The church is there for you. 

“Although we are many, in Christ, we form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” 

—Romans 12:5

Scripture repeatedly describes the church as a single unit composed of many interconnected parts. Each church member has gifts to strengthen and encourage other members—so if you’re disconnected from the church, you’re disconnected from all those gifts! Being a part of a church community offers support, belonging, and purpose. Surrounding yourself with people who know you and love you can transform feelings of loneliness into a sense of togetherness. Try joining a small group or special interest group at your church where you can love and be loved.

3. Help someone else.

“It’s more blessed to give than to receive.” 

—Acts 20:35

When you struggle with loneliness, your focus tends to be on yourself. But helping someone else with their problems shifts your focus off yourself and onto someone else. Serving others can help us forget our own issues while also proving to ourselves that we can overcome challenges. Try finding a church or nonprofit where you can volunteer or serve others. 

4. Realize that God is with you. 

“the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” —Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

Though we can’t see or touch God, the Holy Spirit is just as real as you are. And He’s with you all the time, even if you don’t always realize it. When we’re feeling lonely, being aware of His presence can be comforting. Try consciously inviting God into your everyday life and talking to Him throughout the day. You could even try asking Him questions and listening for answers. 

As you try implementing these tools, we hope they help transform your loneliness into a sense of belonging and purpose. God designed us to enjoy meaningful relationships with Him and those around us. No matter how alone we might feel, we must remember that we are intricately connected to each other and to our ever-present God.