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Is it a sin to get discouraged when things don't go the way we want them to? Did Jesus ever get discouraged?


We all get discouraged from time to time, especially when we can’t do something we want to do, or we find our way blocked and life becomes difficult. Then we become like Job in the Old Testament: “Trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed” (Job 4:5).

Is it a sin to be discouraged? Not necessarily, although it can be if it leads to anger or makes us stop doing something God wants us to do. And we need to understand that it’s not always a brief or temporary problem; sometimes discouragement takes root in our hearts and minds, and pulls us down for years. Parents get discouraged with their children; workers get discouraged with their jobs; sick or elderly people get discouraged about their future — the list could go on and on.

Did Jesus ever get discouraged? Perhaps not in the sense we usually mean it, but He certainly was burdened over people’s failure to repent and turn to God. He wept over those who refused to turn to God in repentance and faith. In the last hours before His arrest and trial, He cried out, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:34).

The real question, however, is this: What should we do when we become discouraged? The answer is to turn to God and His Word for the strength and encouragement we need. Let God’s words to Joshua become yours: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).


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  1. Rose Masinde says:

    Am so discouraged. I was shortlisted for an interview for promotion last year when the letters.came, a members of staff who was not even shortlisted has received a letter for an interview but I haven’t. The shocking thing is that he’s the one who appraised me. Could he be behind all this??

  2. Guerda says:

    Please pray for the restoration of my marriage. I was so discouraged that I contacted a divorce lawyer.

    1. Darrell glover says:

      I’m standing with you. I’m going through the same thing.

  3. Guerda Bornelus says:

    Thank you

  4. PEACE U.C says:

    What are the key points that discourage one from serving God?

  5. Marisol Hunt says:

    Please pray for me, I recently took an exam that I had study for 6 months and fail. I’m currently feeling so discouraged and defeated. After receiving my score, I felt as all hope had been lost. I felt like God let me down and he didn’t love me.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Marisol,
      We understand why you would feel discouraged, but we urge you to find peace in the loving arms of Jesus. If you would like to talk and pray with a member of our team, please visit

  6. Tammy Cawelti says:

    Please pray for my walk with Jesus

  7. Denise says:

    It seems as though my whole life has been a real discouragement. I’d. Say since i was about 12. I’m. 57 now. my mom died when i was 12. Please pray for me. I really struggle to know how to leave things in Gods hands. Thank you for this msg on discouragement.

  8. sam says:

    Very encouraging word from the book of Joshua

  9. Sally Miller says:

    Please pray for my mother, she is almost 89 years old, had two heart attacks recently, and isn’t sure if God is real. She is so mean spirited and hateful, and honestly, always has been. She yells such hateful words at my sister who lives with her. Please pray for my sister also. I am so afraid and discouraged that Mama won’t know Christ before she dies. Thanks so much for this ministry.