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DANGERS OF DISCOURAGEMENT..pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER


We are not apt to think of discouragement
as either dangerous or sinful. Some people
seem to think it rather a pleasant experience
than otherwise ; at least, they appear to find
a sort of relief and satisfaction in dropping
down now and then into a dispirited mood.
BY J. R. MILLER


We are not apt to think of discouragement
as either dangerous or sinful. Some people
seem to think it rather a pleasant experience
than otherwise ; at least, they appear to find
a sort of relief and satisfaction in dropping
down now and then into a dispirited mood.

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DAGERS OF DISCOURAGEMET.BY J. R. MILLER Between our hope, which shines afarAgainst life's sky like some bright star,And fate's most stern, relentless bar,All joys and woes exist ;So if our lives, which seem so bright,Should be obscured by some dark night,Remember there's a brighter lighto darkness can resist.Bruce Whitney.We are not apt to think of discouragementas either dangerous or sinful. Some peopleseem to think it rather a pleasant experiencethan otherwise ; at least, they appear to finda sort of relief and satisfaction in droppingdown now and then into a dispirited mood.They make no effort to overcome their dispo-sition to sadness, or to climb out of the deepvalley of shadows up to the mountain-topswhere the sun is shining. They resent thekindly efforts of those who would help them119120 THIGS TO LIVE FOR.to be cheerful, as if they were meddling withmatters which do not belong to them.We should settle it once for all that the ideal
 
Christian life is one of habitual cheerfulness.It has its experiences of difficulty, of disap-pointment, of suffering ; but these are meantto be only lessons set for us to learn, and weare not expected to fail in them. Provisionis made for us in the grace of God by whichwe may overcome in every such experience,and be more than conquerors through him wholoved us.A feeling of discouragement creeping intoour heart should be met, therefore, as a temp-tation. He who opens to it, and lets it in,does not know to what sin and sorrow it maylead him. An example will help us to under-stand the peril of discouragement. A frag-ment of old history tells us of the Israelites,that at a certain time they were much dis-couraged because of the way.The way itself was indeed hard, rough, anddreary, leading through the sandy Arabah,where the heat was intense, with no shelterDAGERS OF DISCOURAGEMET. 121anywhere from the sun's fierce, smiting rays.It was discouraging also because it was asudden interruption of their journey. Whenthey were at the very gate of the promisedland, a barrier was thrown across their path,and they were compelled to make a long detourthrough an inhospitable wilderness, instead of entering at once into the country toward whichfor so long their hopes had been leading them.What made it all so much worse was the need-lessness of it, but for Edom's disobligingness.Edom would not allow his brother to pass
 
through his country to reach his own land.Indeed, he said that if he attempted to pass,he would resist him with armed force. It cer-tainly was very discouraging to be treated soby a brother.We are scarcely surprised that the Israeliteswere discouraged, and yet we must read thestory through to see to what the discourage-ment led. They murmured against God andagainst Moses. Then murmuring grew intoprofane contempt of God's mercy and good-ness, and to the grievous sin of rebellion. It122 THIGS TO LIVE FOR.is when we follow it to its final outcome thatwe see the true nature of discouragement.Many people find the way of life hard atsome time or other. There are scarcely anywho do not come upon points of hardness, evenamid the most prosperous and happy years.There are elements in many people's condi-tion and circumstances which in themselvesare hard. Sometimes it is sickness, some-times poverty, sometimes sorrow. The bur-dens are heavy. The toil is oppressive. Theway is wearisome.Then sometimes, as in the case of the Israel-ites, much of the hardness is caused by un-brotherly conduct. There are brothers whoput barriers in the way, and make life harderfor brothers. We all need to guard our con.duct most sedulously, lest we become hinder-ers of others in their life. It is a sin to bea hinderer. We commit a grievous wrong

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