Troubled Heart! Upon learning that Jesus would not be with them much longer, the disciples were deeply disturbed. To comfort them, Jesus not only promised the coming of the Holy Ghost as their comforter, but He also said those beautiful words, "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
2 7Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
(John 14:25-27, King James Version)
Again, Jesus reminds his disciples that He will send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who will teach them all things. It is the Holy Spirit who will cause them to remember all of these things that Jesus had spoken to them during this time.
Then, they were given some of the most beautiful words spoken by Jesus.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Jesus knew how very little the disciples understood at this point in time, and He knew that when He told them He would be leaving them, they all were deeply troubled. Yet, Jesus did not leave them without the promise of peace, reminding them that this was true peace, and not the little attempt at peace that the world could give.
The beauty of these words lies in their fulfillment, not only in the lives of His disciples, but also in the lives of all saints even to this day. As children of God, we have access to this same peace, so that we do not need to live with our hearts troubled.
Why is it, then, that we are so often worried about the concerns of this day? Often the events of our lives so consume us that we can barely allow ourselves even the hint of a smile. It is not easy to live in the world, but not of the world, is it? And yet, that is exactly the power we have through the Holy Spirit.
Pray that God would grant you the grace to live, not with a troubled heart, but in the joy and peace of Christ.