Daily Hope Devotional With Rick Warren

Daily Hope Devotional | 30 September 2021 | Rick Warren

Daily Hope Devotional | 30 September 2021 | Rick Warren

Daily Hope Devotional | 30 September 2021 | Rick Warren

Daily Hope Devotional | 30 September 2021 | Rick Warren

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Daily Hope Devotional 30th September 2021 Written By Rick Warren

Topic: Empathy Is an Antidote to Loneliness

“The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:16-17 (NLT)

MESSAGE

Eventually, everyone experiences loneliness.

Loneliness isn’t prevented or fixed by beauty, wealth, fame, or success. Even marriage doesn’t protect you against loneliness. Many people marry because they’re lonely and divorce a few years later for the same reason.

The apostle Paul’s life goal—even toward the very end when he was dying alone—was for other people to know about Jesus. In 2 Timothy he talks about being brought alone before a judge. All his friends had abandoned him. But he kept his eyes focused on the spiritual needs of the people around him: “But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear” (2 Timothy 4:16-17 NLT).

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He focused on others because he knew everyone needed to hear about God’s love. He could have focused on his own problems, but instead, he looked at what he could do to help others. It kept him from being lonely, even when he was alone.

Daily Hope Devotional | 30 September 2021 

When you’re lonely, don’t have a pity party. Stop saying, “I’m alone. Nobody loves me; nobody even likes me.” When you do that, you’re just focusing on yourself.

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Instead, turn your focus outward and build bridges with others. You’ll find there are a lot of lonely people who are also looking for connections.

How can you build bridges of connection? One way is by empathizing with other people’s needs. And remember to ask God to help you connect with others. Pray something like this: “Father, help me be a friend to people who need a friend.”

Daily Hope Devotional | 30 September 2021 

What’s causing loneliness in your life? Extreme seasons of transition, separation, rejection or opposition can lead to devastating feelings of loneliness. For instance, much of the world experienced loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But don’t let difficult times keep you from reaching out to people. Look beyond your own problems and find creative ways to connect with others. Empathy is the antidote to loneliness.

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