“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV
The Greek word for “take heart” is used only 7 times in the NT and in each situation it is a personal encouragement from Jesus to people overwhelmed with apprehension or affliction.
Depending on the circumstances and the way the verse is translated, when Jesus says to someone to “take heart” He means to “take courage,” “be of good comfort” or “be of good cheer” – or better yet, all the above.
We are living in a world in which this assurance from Jesus could not be more relevant. If there ever was a time when we needed to hear “take heart,” with ALL it’s nuanced meaning, it is now.