When People Leave You


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For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me

2 Timothy 4:10

It’s tough when a close friend leaves us, especially if we never really had a chance to understand the reason for their sudden departure. Our recovery from the loss depends on the length of time of the friendship. A longer, more intimate relationship will take more time than a shorter one. It’s important for us to allow the Spirit of God to comfort and encourage us during these times.

We can spend too much time trying to figure out what went wrong and not enough time seeking out God’s insight. The Lord will allow some friendships to end, especially if they aren’t helpful to us growing closer to Him. He will allow relationships to break if we are the unhealthy part of it as well. In Paul’s case, Demas left him because his love for the world was greater than his love for God. Whatever the reason, the loss of a close companion is painful.

Rejection from those who’ve left us can be overcome. We will eventually find ourselves removed emotionally from the loss and able to recuperate. Jesus was in close and intimate connection with the disciples. Yet when He needed them most, every single one of them took off. Even so, Jesus received them back after the resurrection.

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The Lord is comfort to those who find themselves friendless because He knows what it feels like. He uses the gaping wound in our hearts to bring us closer to Him. We learn to find Jesus Christ as a friend Who is closer than any relative. We find Him to be a private and trusted Confidante Who knows our heart and intentions. As a result of this friendship, we forgive those who’ve hurt us and move on towards other friendships that are balanced and healthy.


Dear Lord, my loss of this friend is hard to overcome. I pray for your peace and comfort to forgive and move on with the life You’ve called me to live. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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