Don’t Lose Heart

Losing heart can cause us to relinquish a measure of trust in the character of God. It is tantamount to doubting his sovereignty, goodness, and wisdom; and so, it should not be an option for believers. Rather, followers of Christ must relentlessly seek strength and wisdom from the Scriptures, by the enabling of his Holy Spirit, to maintain faith and not lose heart. Merriam-Webster defines “losing heart” in the following manner:

“To begin to feel that one cannot do something that one has been trying to do: to become discouraged.”

The Cambridge Dictionary defines “lose heart” as:

“To stop believing that you can succeed.”

Other dictionaries define losing heart in the following ways:

“Consistent efforts yield no results.”

“Feel demoralized or pessimistic about something; to lose hope; sad and depressed.”

From a Christian perspective, we might view losing heart as:

Original Greek: “To become discouraged; lose spirit.”

Various translations state: “grow weary”; “get tired”

Lose motivation to continue to do what is right; give up.

Suffering, temptation, failure, loneliness, and the like can make us vulnerable to discouragement and weariness. Nevertheless, we must keep “fighting the good fight” (1 Timothy 6:11-12) by keeping our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3); renewing our minds in His word (Eph. 4:23); and being persistent in prayer until we understand the Lord’s answer and instruction (Mt. 7:7-8). As a result, we will be able to continually rejoice in hope that is found in the Bible and in the Lord himself (Romans 12:12; Rom. 15:4; Psalm 146:5; Ps. 71:5; 1 Timothy 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:10).

Praise God, we will receive the provision of the Lord as He has promised (Hebrews 10:36) and most precious of all—eternal life with Jesus forever (Galatians 6:8)!