• Michael Haldas

Heart (Losing Heart)

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart…And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (St. Luke, Luke 18:1, St. Paul, Galatians 6:9)

“Losing heart is not discouragement, disappointment, fear, testing or questioning. In the garden, before his arrest, Jesus Christ was stressed to the point of sweating blood. He kept throwing Himself on the ground and repeatedly cried out to God. Three times he pleaded with His disciples to pray with Him. Yet in all this, Jesus did not lose heart…What does it mean to lose heart? The Greek word for lose heart comes from two words combined – evil plus not. It means to not give into evil.” (Pastor Steve King)

“The heart represents all that is potential in us that is wholly human, as we are created in the very image and likeness of God. But the heart, while it is essentially good, is also susceptible to corruption: there good and evil struggle for dominance." (Vigen Guroian)

“The clear understanding that we humans are reaping the consequences of our very own actions should in no way cause us to lose heart - that would be to deny the possibility of repentance and forgiveness.” (Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff)

“…a long period of “working” is required before growth becomes manifest, we must not lose heart if we do not obtain immediate results. After all, spiritual growth is not a matter of applying liquid to a dry cube which suddenly swells and doubles in size. Nevertheless, we should not underestimate the potential of small beginnings, whether in ourselves or in the world.” (OCPM 7/12/2017)

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