16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Addendum – Reader’s Comments
It is only two days since Christmas and here we are looking at verses telling us not to lose heart or become fainthearted as we did one day after. Perhaps this is the Holy Spirit reminding us to keep the wonder of Christ’s birth alive in our hearts.
Now on to our reader’s comments: He found a strong link between lose heart and faint hearted which I believe is not only informative, but very interesting. The links will take you to biblehub.com links for word studies and commentaries. The following are his comments slightly edited.
Looking up lose heart he found the following
“lose heart” 1573 ekkakéō (from Strong’s 1537 /ek, “out from and to” and Strong’s 2556 /kakós, “inwardly bad”) – properly, to be negatively influenced with the outcome of experiencing inner weariness.
- “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (2 Corinthians 4:1)
- “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9)
- “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
- “Our Lord, in Whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.” (Ephesians 3:12-13)
Then he added
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted” Hebrews 12:3. [T]his verse uses the Greek word 2577 kámnō – properly, become weary (this was a common meaning for this term from 900 BC on, J. Thayer); weary to the point of sickness; “spent,” ready to collapse (especially from over-work). Also used by James in 5:15 “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick…”
The word “fainthearted” is 1590 eklýō (from 1537 /ek, “out from and to” and 3089 /lýō, “loose, let go”) – properly, let completely out as to (entirely) succumb, i.e. with the outcome of losing inner strength; hence, to become weary (exhausted), to the point of fainting.
The word is repeated in Hebrews 12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as to sons: “My son, do not regard lightly the Lord’s discipline, nor faint being reproved by Him.” (BLB)
May you not grow faint hearted in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Instead let your faith grow deeper and deeper so that you are renewed day by day.