Friendship is born at that moment one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” CS LEWIS.

Discouragement comes when we feel isolated and alone. When we believe no one understands us.
I am reminded of the old spiritual, sung by the suffering slaves, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve Seen.”

But loneliness is not the way of the Kingdom.

We are to live in relationship with love, encouragement and understanding.

John 15:12 – “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

• Romans 15:7 – Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

We are meant to live in community, giving strength to others and receiving strength from others.

But there are times, when we might not be in community. And while that is not how God intends for us to live, and we should make every effort to live in community, and God desires for us to meet each others needs through His church, the body of Christ, we still are not forsaken.

Because we have a empathizing Savior.

Hebrews 4:15-16
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are –yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

So in the worst of circumstances, we can always sing….

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Nobody knows but Jesus
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Glory Hallelujah

Sometimes I’m up and sometimes I’m down
Yes lord, you know sometimes I’m almost to the ground
O yes, Lord,

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Nobody knows but Jesus.

Friend, you’re not the only one,