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Consider Jesus, and you won’t lose heart.

Growing weary. Losing heart. Giving up.

Seems to be something that a majority of the world will do at some point in their lives, doesn’t it? It could be something small like ditching a new diet plan on the second day or something not so small like choosing to walk away from a marriage. Big or small, we give up on things more often and way too quickly than we should.

So, how do we stop giving up? Hebrews 12:3 is an outstanding verse and begs us to “consider him (Jesus) who endured such opposition from sinners, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Consider Jesus, and you won’t lose heart.

Consider that He left the majesty of Heaven right next to His Father, the Creator, for you.
Consider that He “made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant” (Phil. 2:7).
Consider that He “humbled Himself” and became “obedient to death” on a cross (Phil. 2:8).

For when we consider Jesus, that is what will keep us from growing weary and losing heart. Why? Because we have not experienced what He endured. In fact, the very next verse says, “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Heb. 12:4).

I have not struggled so much that my blood was shed (Heb. 12:4).
I have not struggled so much that I have been publicly humiliated and mocked (Matt. 27:28-31).
I have not struggled so much that God turned His face against me (Matt. 27:46)

We will confront adversity in our relationships. We will face obstacles that appear insurmountable. We will encounter affliction in our lives. But when we keep Jesus in mind, when we set our gaze directly on Him, when we remember what He endured and overcame, we will have a renewed heart and spirit that will prevent us from giving up. And if we don’t give up, that is when we will “reap a harvest” (Gal. 6:9).

Consider Jesus, and you won’t lose heart.

Today’s reading
Matthew 27, Philippians 2 + Hebrews 12

 

7 thoughts on “Consider Jesus, and you won’t lose heart.”

  1. I love this post. I wrote a post recently about hope which for me is about not giving up as well. Thanks for writing again I love your posts and glad you will commit to a post every Tuesday.
    My blog is beautyfromashesca.wordpress.com
    Happy New Year Cindy ❤

  2. Yes!!! So much this. As I reflect on the past year and all the struggles I’ve had, they are NOTHING compared to what He did for me. Perseverance has developed my character into someone I’m proud of, and I know without a doubt that I never would’ve made it through without Him. Thank you for this. What a beautiful way to start the new year. I look forward to reading more.

  3. To me, Jesus is the ultimate Teacher of Love. Love comes from our hearts, through our neurotransmitters, and our life blood. When we acknowledge our Teachers, we acknowledge the effort they put forth in sharing knowledge. Therefore, Love is effort, energy manifested, and time spent. Love keeps showing up, giving it’s all, and sharing…just like Jesus did.

  4. YES! What a great way to start the new year. More of Him. Less of me. A great reminder of the suffering He endured for us. Love your writing and look forward to your blog posts in 2019!

  5. Thank you for providing us with words to direct and position our focus on Jesus and not our circumstances. As I start the new year and through out, I will remain focused on Jesus to take me through every situation I face in 2019.

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