Do Not Lose Heart.

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2 Corinthians 4:16

2016 Frieda P. Smith

This world—although beautiful in some parts—is becoming increasingly hard to look at. It seems as if life itself has cheapened. I still cannot get past the common practice of people standing around recording on their cell phones the brutal beating of another human being.  It is enough to make a person lose heart.

If that is not enough, every day we live, our bodies are breaking down. Our “outward man” is perishing. We cannot sit through a commercial break without a pharmaceutical company peddling their latest medication, many with side effects that seems as if it will kill the person before the disease will.  It is enough to make a person lose heart.

However, the Apostle Paul wrote these words of encouragement to the believers at the church at Corinth, “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

In other words, even though things appear to be falling apart on the outside, our inward—our spirit man/woman—is being renewed day by day! Hallelujah!

Therefore, do not lose heart!  As believers on the Lord Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we may be getting weaker physically, but at the same time, we are getting stronger spiritually!

My friends, try not to worry about what is going on outside. If you are studying the Word of God, spending time in prayer and fellowship with Him and other believers, your inward man/woman is doing just fine!

Do not lose heart.


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