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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Discouragement and Disappointment

Discouragement and disappointment are normal emotions we all experience even as Christians, but it’s important to know how to make sure those debilitating emotions don't get the best of us.  Job felt discouraged with his wife and friends. Elijah became discouraged with life’s circumstances. Jeremiah felt angry and discouraged with God when he believed God was against him, and because of that perspective, he temporarily lost hope in God. Peter felt discouraged with himself when he realized that he wasn't as courageous as he thought he was.  The best way to chase out a negative feeling is with another feeling. The Bible teaches us “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Gratitude is a powerful anecdote for discouragement. We may not be able to give God thanks for the difficult situation that we find ourselves in, but we can learn to look for things we can be thankful for in the midst of it.