What Is The Purpose of Soul-Level Friendships?

The Antidote to Loneliness

We live in the most technologically advanced and socially connected time in the history of humanity. The possibilities of digital relationships are endless, yet one of our day's prevailing crises is loneliness. While it’s tempting to blame it on the pandemic, two years before COVID-19, the global health service company, Cigna, revealed in its research that loneliness was rising to epidemic levels in America. The data showed that 43% of people over 18 said they felt their relationships were not meaningful and the same percentage of people said they felt isolated from other people. The age group most affected was Generation Z, who they determined to be the loneliest generation in history. Before the pandemic of COVID-19, there was an epidemic of loneliness.
The data showed that 43% of people over 18 said they felt their relationships were not meaningful and the same percentage of people said they felt isolated from other people.
The antidote to loneliness is not found in the Research & Development department of the next tech start-up. However, it can be found in soul-level friendships that carry you when you are weary, encourage you when you are disheartened, and weep with you when you are suffering. In John 15:15, Jesus says to his disciples, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends.” Soul-level friendships stiffen loneliness and draw us near to the heart of Christ, the friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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What does it take to cultivate, develop, and sustain deep soul-enriching friendships? How can suffering pull friends closer together rather than further apart? How do you mourn and honor a friend after they’ve passed away? We will answer these questions and many others as we study the relationship between King David and one of his closest friends Jonathan in selected passages from 1st & 2nd Samuel. In our upcoming sermon series, Friends Forever, we will discover why it’s necessary to have deep Christ-centered friendships that carry us through this life and prepare us for life.

March 21 | Written by Pastor Ayo Omopariola

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