Overcoming Loneliness by Larry Wynn

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OVERCOMING LONELINESS
MATTHEW 8: 1-4
MARCH 8, 1998 A.M.
SERIES: LESSONS FOR LIFE
Larry Wynn
SUBJECT: LONELINESS

I. INTRODUCTION

A. LONELINESS IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY
CAUSES OF SUFFERING IN THE WORLD
TODAY.

1. “PSYCHIATRISTS SPEAK ABOUT IT AS
THE MOST FREQUENTLY EXPRESSED
COMPLAINTS, AND THE ROOT OF NOT
ONLY SUICIDE BUT ALCOHOLISM,
DRUG USE, AND OTHER MAJOR
PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL
PROBLEMS FACING MAN TODAY.”

2. RICK WARREN, PASTOR OF
SADDLEBACK COMMUNITY CHURCH,
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
POINTS OUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE
ALONE TO BE LONELY. “IT’S NOT THE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE AROUND YOU
THAT DETERMINES YOUR
LONELINESS; IT’S YOUR
RELATIONSHIP TO THEM.”

3. CAN YOU BE WEALTHY AND LONELY?
ASK SOMEONE WHO KNEW HOWARD
HUGHES.

4. CAN YOU BE POPULAR AND LONELY?
ASK MICHAEL JACKSON.


5. CAN YOU BE BEAUTIFUL AND
LONELY? ASK MANY OF THE
POPULAR MOVIE STARS THAT FILL
THE SCREENS OF CURRENT MOVIES.

6. CAN YOU BE MARRIED AND LONELY?
ASK THE PEOPLE WHO MARRY
BECAUSE OF LONELINESS AND
EVENTUALLY DIVORCE FOR THE
SAME REASON.

B. EVERYONE DEALS WITH LONELINESS AT
ONE TIME OR ANOTHER.

1. LITTLE BOY WENT TO CAMP. IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE WEEK HE WROTE HIS
PARENTS A SHORT NOTE THAT SAID,
“THERE ARE 50 BOYS IN CAMP. I SURE
WISH THERE WERE ONLY 49.”

2. THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF
LONELINESS.

a. TRANSIENT. ALL EXPERIENCE
THIS. WE ARE TOLD 50/60
MILLION AMERICANS, OR 25%
OF THE POPULATION FEEL
EXTREMELY LONELY AT SOME
TIME DURING ANY GIVEN
MONTH.

b. SITUATIONAL. SOME LOSS IN
ONE’S LIFE.

c. CHRONIC. MORE THAN 2 YEARS
WITH NO TRAUMATIC EVENT
TRIGGERING IT.

C. TODAY, WE WANT TO LOOK AT LONELINESS
THROUGH THE EYES OF A DISEASED MAN.

1. HIS STORY IS FOUND IN MATTHEW 8:1-
4.

2. THE MAN IN THE STORY SUFFERED
FROM LEPROSY.

a. LEPROSY WAS ONE OF THE
MOST DREADED AND FEARED
DISEASES OF JESUS’ DAY.

b. YOU MAY ASK, WHAT DOES
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