James 1:27 – Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.
We must always remember that serving God is serving others. It says in this verse, “in their afflictions’; this does not mean just when they are sick or have other problems. They have a 24/7/365 problem: the widow has lost her husband and a child doesn’t have a father. The widow is lonely and lost both her security and finances. The fatherless lost his or her provider, teacher, etc., and they both are lonely. Surveys show that loneliness is a widespread problem with many people. Even though they can have friends, work with people, and even go to church—they are still lonely. We all need someone we can have a close fellowship with. Everyone has things they want and need to share with someone: things to talk about, to laugh with, cry with, even debate with! Proverbs 18:24 says, “…there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Jesus, our Savior and friend, said He would never leave us nor forsake us, and will be with us to the end. A physical touch along with a pleasant word, a hasty handshake and a big smile, is very comforting and encouraging to a lonely person of any age. There are some who have spent years in self-pity, depression and are lonely themselves and have been challenged to help a homeless person, feed people, work in a shelter— and did it! They were set free from their depression or whatever ailed them. The message is: if you love God and want to please Him, make friends with a lonely person. And don’t, like some people that entangle themselves with the world and the devil, end up living an unfulfilled life.