despairIt is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.   Jeremy Taylor

“All things are possible with God!” – in front the words give hope, and behind they give humility. They are the antidote to despair and pride.   John Piper

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.    C.S. Lewis

Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace.    Charles Spurgeon

Man has no choice but to love. For when he does not, he finds his alternatives lie in loneliness, destruction and despair.  Unknown

Many times great difficulties precede special works of God. You can even say that God wins His greatest victories in the midst of apparent defeat. This can be clearly demonstrated in the life of our Lord on earth. When Jesus was crucified and placed in the tomb, it looked like the forces of unrighteousness had triumphed. However, it was in this time of apparent defeat that our victory for our salvation was won. This time of apparent defeat was followed by the resurrection of Christ.   Bill Thrasher

Despair of ever being saved, “except thou be born again,” or of seeing God “without holiness,” or of having part in Christ except thou “love Him above father, mother, or thy own life.” This kind of despair is one of the first steps to heaven.   Richard Baxter

Without Jesus Christ man must be in vice and misery; with Jesus Christ man is free from vice and misery; in Him is all our virtue and all our happiness. Apart from Him there is but vice, misery, darkness, death, despair.   Blaise Pascal

In idleness there is a perpetual despair.   Thomas Carlyle

God’s grace is painted on the canvas of despair.   T. D. Jakes

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.   St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.   St. Francis of Assisi

Failure is not fatal. Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It should challenge us to new heights of accomplishments, not pull us to new depths of despair. From honest failure can come valuable experience.   William Arthur Ward

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.   Aeschylus

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.    Henri Nouwen

Depression is rage spread thin. –Paul Tillich

His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour, The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.   William Cowper

If you have been reduced to God being your only hope, You are in a good place.   Jim Laffoon

Adversity introduces a man to himself. –Unknown

Self pity comes when you lose the intimacy with Jesus. –Stefan Salmonsson

God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars. — Elbert Hubbard

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.– Albert Camus

The breaking of the alabaster box and the anointing of the Lord filled the house with the odor, with the sweetest odor. Everyone could smell it. Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing to be imprisoned by the Lord, just being satisfied with Him and nothing else, immediately you scent the fragrance. There is a savor of the Lord. Something has been crushed, something has been broken, and there is a resulting odor of sweetness. Watchman Nee