Sermon Audio

The Tears of Loneliness

Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, March 13, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #10

 

The Trail of Tears (4:4-16)
“The Tears of Loneliness (Isolation)”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 Introduction:

In all the hardships and disappointments of life, few things give more real, lasting satisfaction than true friendship. A friend is a comfort in need and a help in trouble. NOTE: Verse 11 does not refer to sexual relations but to shared warmth between two traveling companions on a cold desert night. At the same time, it may imply that the best friend for life ought to be one’s spouse. 

Solomon’s experience with the independent man caused him to consider the importance of friendship and the value of people doing things together. He may have recalled the Jewish proverb, “A friendless man is like a left hand deprived of the right.” Or, perhaps he watched some travelers on the highway and drew the conclusion, “Two are better than one.”

     In this portion of the text Solomon reveals four characteristics of real friends: they help when it comes to working; they help when we’re down and out; they help when we need emotional support; and they will fight to protect our reputation: 

I.     A Real Friend Helps When It Comes to Working:  Eccl. 4:9

II.   A Real Friend Helps When We’re Down and Out:  Eccl. 4:1

III. A Real Friend Helps When We Need Emotional Support:  Eccl. 4:11

VI.  A Real Friend Fights to Protect Our Reputation:  Eccl. 4:12

 CONCLUSION:

You may be saying to yourself, “I wish I had a friend like that!” Well I am so glad you said that! So let me close by inviting you to let Jesus be your Best Friend. There are some very important reasons to do so.

  1. Jesus deserves to be your best friend because He already knows you better than anyone else. One definition of a friend is, someone who knows all about us and likes us anyway. Well, no one better fulfills that qualification as Jesus.
  2. Jesus deserves to be your best friend because He had done more for you than anyone else. (John 15:13) “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” 
  3. Jesus deserves to be your best friend because, He will always be there when you need Him.

Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, March 13, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #10

 

The Trail of Tears (4:4-16)
“The Tears of Loneliness (Isolation)”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 Introduction:

In all the hardships and disappointments of life, few things give more real, lasting satisfaction than true friendship. A friend is a comfort in need and a help in trouble. NOTE: Verse 11 does not refer to sexual relations but to shared warmth between two traveling companions on a cold desert night. At the same time, it may imply that the best friend for life ought to be one’s spouse. 

Solomon’s experience with the independent man caused him to consider the importance of friendship and the value of people doing things together. He may have recalled the Jewish proverb, “A friendless man is like a left hand deprived of the right.” Or, perhaps he watched some travelers on the highway and drew the conclusion, “Two are better than one.”

     In this portion of the text Solomon reveals four characteristics of real friends: they help when it comes to working; they help when we’re down and out; they help when we need emotional support; and they will fight to protect our reputation: 

I.     A Real Friend Helps When It Comes to Working:  Eccl. 4:9

II.   A Real Friend Helps When We’re Down and Out:  Eccl. 4:1

III. A Real Friend Helps When We Need Emotional Support:  Eccl. 4:11

VI.  A Real Friend Fights to Protect Our Reputation:  Eccl. 4:12

 CONCLUSION:

You may be saying to yourself, “I wish I had a friend like that!” Well I am so glad you said that! So let me close by inviting you to let Jesus be your Best Friend. There are some very important reasons to do so.

  1. Jesus deserves to be your best friend because He already knows you better than anyone else. One definition of a friend is, someone who knows all about us and likes us anyway. Well, no one better fulfills that qualification as Jesus.
  2. Jesus deserves to be your best friend because He had done more for you than anyone else. (John 15:13) “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” 
  3. Jesus deserves to be your best friend because, He will always be there when you need Him.
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