February 17, 2021

Solitude Has Its Own Rewards

DEFINITIONS

Seclusion: “the state of being private and away from others” – Oxford Dictionary
Solitude: “the state or situation of being alone” – Oxford Dictionary
Solitude: “…more a state of mind and heart than a [physical] place” – Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline


INTRODUCTION TO THE LESSON

“In recent months, some of us have led more solitary lives than we’d like. But enforced seclusion doesn’t necessarily have the same benefits as intentional solitude… [S]olitude, rightly done, can be energizing and empowering.” – Bob Hostetler

During the 40 days of Lent, you are invited to follow the example of Jesus the Christ and others who spent intentional time alone with God. You do so not to avoid people but to listen to the whisperings of God in your soul. After all, every answer you seek is within the soul. (See Matthew 6:33)


MAJOR POINTS

  1. The person who seeks and spends time alone with [the Holy Spirit] receives the greatest rewards. This doesn’t mean that public prayer or praying with others is to be abandoned or avoided.
  2. Your alone time with God rewards you in many ways, including but not limited to:
    • Calming Fears
    • Clarifying your mind
    • Controlling your conversation/tongue
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