Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
The loss of hope; that state of mind in which a person loses his confidence in the divine mercy. Some of the best antidotes against despair, says one, may be taken from the consideration,
1. Of the nature of God, his goodness, mercy, &c.
2. The testimony of God: he hath said, he desireth not the death of the sinner.
3. From the works of God: he hath given his Son to die.
4. From his promises, Hebrews 13:5 .
5. From his command: he hath commanded us to confide in his mercy.
6. From his expostulations, & 100: Baxter on Religious Melancholy; Claude's Essays, p. 388, Robinson's edit.; Gisborne's Sermon on Religious Despondency.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Despair'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/d/despair.html. 1802.