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Sunday, April 15, 2007

John Bunyan on the importance of Christian confidence

{284} Now, Giant Despair had a wife, and her name was Diffidence.

[Noun 1. diffidence - lack of self-confidence -- source]

Despair and Diffidence caught, and imprisoned, Christian, and his companion, Hopeful, until he recovered his belief in what God could do for them.

The first paragraph is an extract from Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1678, public domain. One version gives paragraph numbers.) Bunyan included the scriptural references in the book. Pilgrim's Progress, though little read now, was important enough to have been considered, for a century or two, the most important writing in English, except for the Bible.

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