- It’s impossible to talk about friendship and not talk about something many of us are familiar with: loneliness.
- Loneliness in modern times has become its own quiet epidemic, where social media can provide false shortcuts to what feels like true connection.
- God designed us for friendship with him, but also with each other. One of our deepest desires as humans is to be seen, known, and loved.
What do you normally do when you feel lonely? Do you text a friend? Hop on Discord? Go get coffee with someone? Separate question: does what you do make you feel less lonely?
Do you think social media helps with loneliness or makes it worse? Is there a way we can use social media that will only help? Is there a way that will only make it worse?
Do you have any friends you feel comfortable disagreeing with? Do you have any friends who feel comfortable disagreeing with you? What does that friendship look like?
Read Matthew 26. In this section of scripture, we see Jesus’ final night before the cross. It’s a long chapter, but we do see how, in his darkest moments, Jesus turns to his friends to comfort and be with him. We also see someone he calls his friend betray him. The God of the Universe chose twelve men to be with him (even knowing Judas would betray him). He still wanted his friends with him!