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The Loneliness of the Christian
By: A. W. Tozer

    The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an 
   ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the 
   fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate
   world.

   His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his 
   kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his 
   absorptions in the love of Christ; and because with his circle of friends 
   there are few who share his inner experiences, he's  forced to walk alone.

   The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused 
   them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord himself suffered in 
   the same way.

   The man (or woman) who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual 
   inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few 
   who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so 
   he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk.

   For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is 
   avoided, and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for the
   friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes 
   and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary 
   of old, keeps these things in his heart.

   It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find
   human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere 
   else.

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