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Belongingness is the human, emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. As human beings, we have an inherent drive to belong and to be an important part of something greater than ourselves. Belongingness is far more than just being acquainted or familiar with something. We need to be a part of something in order to give and receive affection from others. The “Lone Ranger” mentality only results in loneliness, mental stress, anxiety and depression.
The sense of belonging is one of the greatest needs that we have. The church can meet this need in all of us, but not everyone is willing to allow himself to take advantage of it. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves is important to our overall health. God knew that we needed to be contributing members of a local church that is helping people get to know God better. If we serve others, we really connect to the church in a way that we take ownership of our belonging. As you serve, you will receive friendship. Most importantly, the Word of God will come alive to you and the sense of belonging will be fulfilled in you. Submit yourself to the Lord Jesus and become one that serves and is a part of something significant. Serving will fill a need which we all have. As a result of our belonging, we will be healthier: spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally.
Published on Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 10:26 PM MDT
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