Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
John Calvin left a mark on the world that has endured for centuries, yet during his lifetime he often battled discouragement. He once said, “I am entangled in so many troublesome affairs that I am almost beside myself.” On another occasion, he said, “Today hardly one in a hundred considers how difficult and arduous it is to faithfully discharge the office of pastor.” And again he said, “In addition to the immense troubles by which I am so sorely consumed, there is almost no day on which some new pain or anxiety does not come.”
John Stott called discouragement the “occupational hazard of Christian ministry.”
Yet the Bible repeatedly tells us to eschew discouragement, to treat it like a sin, to resist and refuse it. “Do not fear or be discouraged,” says Deuteronomy 1:21. The Lord is never discouraged, and in His service there is victory. Our life, love, and labor in the Lord is never in vain. Today take God’s promise in 1 Corinthians 15:58 and use it like a broom to sweep discouragement out of your heart.
God would never discourage me. He would always point me to Himself to trust Him. Charles Stanley
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