2 Corinthians 4:1-18
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.
Here it means, that by the mercy of God he was not discouraged by the difficulties he faced; his faith and zeal did not waver; he was enabled to be faithful, his courage always kept up, and his mind was filled with joy.
He was held back by no difficulties; embarrassed by no opposition; driven from his purpose by no persecution; and his strength did not fail him. The thought of being entrusted with such a ministry excited him; and the mercy and grace of God sustained him.
There are several promises God has given to the faint-hearted, or those that lack courage. Somehow we have been taught that it is a terrible sin not to have a lot of courage, courage is not taught, but developed.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
There are at least seven areas in which God requires of us to have courage and not to faint:
Don’t faint in prayer, and don’t give up. Have courage and come boldly to the throne of grace.
Luke 18: 1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
In other words, have confidence in God and have courage to persevere.
Verse 1, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;”

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