“FAINT NOT!”

“FAINT NOT!”
 
2 Corinthians 4:1-18, verses 1 and 16 text.
 
Meditate on verse 8, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;”
 
Distressed means to cramp, hem in closely – from narrowness of room, etc. You are down, but not pinned down.
 
Despair: to be utterly at loss. Knocked down but not knocked out.
 
Understanding verse 8, we need to take a closer look at vs. 1 and 16.
 
Faint: to lack in courage, lose heart, to be faint-hearted.
 
We will face many tribulations, but are supported in and through them all by the grace of the God.
 
Wakefield says about this verse, “wherefore, as we have obtained mercy, or been graciously entrusted with this ministry, we do not act wickedly, but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty,” etc.
 
This is one of the effects of being entrusted with such a ministry. The word used (ekkakoumen) means, to turn out a coward; to lose one’s courage; more then to be faint-hearted, to faint in view of trial or difficulty.
 
CONTINEUED TOMORROW!

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