Overcoming Discouragement

If, in the course of our experience, we meet with a difficulty which we seem unable to overcome, shall we then cease to walk in the straight and narrow way of Truth and permit discouragement to claim our thoughts? Is it not a better plan to do some calm and clear thinking?

When we read the Gospels, we find that even the disciples, who had the privilege of sitting at the feet of the Master and of hearing him expound the truth to them, made many mistakes and were often discouraged. Had Peter given up his hold on Truth because of the unworthiness manifested in his denial of the Christ, we should not have those beautiful accounts of his healing work recorded in the book of Acts. Peter was able to rise above the mortal to the spiritual in his thinking. and thus was able to heal the sick and raise the dead.

Had Paul, who before his conversion was a zealous persecutor of Christians, permitted the thought of all the wrong he had done to stand in the way of present right endeavor, we should not have the inspiring letters which he wrote to the early Christian church, letters in which Christians today are finding inspiration to renew their courage and their desire to express good in their daily lives.

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A Way of Escape
March 21, 1936

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