“Do not let your hearts be troubled II.”

On September 10, 2014, I wrote the post that starts with the second paragraph below. I wanted to repost as Jesus restated His expectation for us in verse 27. Read and be encouraged.

“27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid..” Jesus restates what He told the disciples, so I thought it was appropriate for me to repost what I wrote about not letting our hearts be troubled. I certainly can benefit from hearing the Word of God again especially about our hearts and fear. God is the remedy for both. By trusting in Him, we experience peace with God and the peace of God. Ephesians 2:14 says, “For he himself is our peace,..” Since Jesus is our peace, we know that we cannot truly experience peace with God and the peace of God without Jesus being Savior and Lord of our lives. When He has the rightful place in our lives, we can make the choice to ‘not let our hearts be troubled’ because He has given us the power to do so. By trusting in Him, we can rely on Him to protect, lead, guide and provide for us. What will it be for me today? Will I face every thought and situation that presents trouble to me to God? If I do, I will not be troubled but experience the peace that Jesus provides. I can experience Him, since He Himself is our peace. Be blessed.

No matter where you are in the world, there is some level of trouble facing you. Whether emotional, physical, financial, relational or any other manner, we are facing trouble. Life confronts us at every point of contention that moves us. From 2 Corinthians 4, we know “10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” We should not be surprised at trouble. It is necessary for God to conform us to the likeness of His Son which is the goal for those who are not perishing.

Today’s post comes from John 14Do not let your hearts be troubled is the first line of the text designated as John 14. It follows Jesus predicting His betrayal, His denial and His death. Despite knowing the weight of what He was about to face, suffering for the sins of man, Jesus had his attention on His disciples. Jesus’ selflessness continues to be a model and inspiration for me.

He issues the conciliatory statement to HIs disciples. He shows that He is God in that He evidences love. Like us, He could have been consumed with His own sufferings, but He was concerned with man’s. The Greek word for troubled is tarassō (tä-rä’s-sō). Here is its meaning

tarassō (tä-rä’s-sō)

  1. to agitate, trouble (a thing, by the movement of its parts to and fro)

     a. to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity

     b. to disquiet, make restless

     c. to stir up

     d. to trouble

     e. to strike one’s spirit with fear and dread

     f. to render anxious or distressed

    g. to perplex the mind of one by suggesting scruples or doubts

We know what it means to be troubled. We are not at peace. All is not well within us. We are preoccupied with our circumstances. The disciples had just learned that one of them would betray Jesus, that Peter, the emotional leader of the group, would deny Jesus, Jesus, after being with him everyday for three years, was going somewhere that they could not go right now and that Jesus would die. Fortunately, I have not had too many people whom I love die, but for those who have, I know the finality of the moments of realizing death is at their door. It is humbling and sobering at the same time. We realize how infinitesimal our strength and ability is. This is why Jesus always offers an alternative action to ones that He directs us not to engage.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

We are told not to let our hearts be troubled. That conveys that when our hearts are troubled that it is because we allowed it. How can we prevent it? Jesus tells us plainly to trust/believe in God and trust/believe in Him. Believe that He is the Son of God, the Resurrection and the life, the Good Shepherd, the Door/Gate, the Light of the World, and the Bread of Life. Jesus was calling on the disciples to reflect on all that He had shown them He was and to believe in Him. If He turned water to wine, healed the blind, raised one from the dead, He could comfort their fears and sooth their sorrows.

Through His Word, He is saying the same thing to those who claim Jesus as Lord – Do not let your hearts be troubled. We have a choice to not have our hearts to be troubled by trusting in who Jesus is and what He said He would do. As a matter of application, write down your troubles. Seek out scripture that addresses your concerns. Present your concerns to God; trust in Him; stand in faith. David laid this out for us in Psalm 37. One of the things God says there is “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” God wants us to be at peace. The only way we can experience peace is through Jesus. Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

Do not let your hearts be troubledYou believe in God; believe also in me.


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