Cheerfulness and Despondency

January 22, 2018

“Lord Jesus expects every member of His Body to live by a norm that runs contrary to the assumptions of the world (Mt 16:24). We are to bear whatever trials God permits to come our way, without complaint. Above all, we maintain our integrity in Christ: we give no offense, we are innocent and patient in suffering, we mistreat no one, and accept wrongs against ourselves cheerfully.” (Dynamis 1/22/2018)

 

“Being cheerful when wrong is done to us, or being cheerful when we are suffering does not mean we should be happy about it in the typical way we think about happiness. Rather, it means we should not slip into despondency because of it, but remain prayerful, hopeful, and faithful that God is with us and working for our good within our trials and sufferings.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“There is a spiritual law of ups and downs of our moods. When despondency strikes do not give yourself over to it too much. Remind yourself that after sorrow gladness will come...” (Archbishop Averky)

 

“…the despondent person is unable to see the possibility of victory, so she surrenders to despair. The first step toward victory is simple. We just get up again. If you fall a second time, get up a second time.” (Abbot Tryphon)

 

 “Do not grow faint in spirit, and do not despond during times of trouble; but turn to the Lord with humble prayers, and believe that help will come to you…When things go wrong, you'll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better." (St. Moses of Optina, C. S. Lewis)

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