"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me."
The heart appears to be our location for pain in the body that only God the Father and the Son can heal through help from the Holy Spirit. I am referring more to the emotional pain than the physical. I suppose that is why scripture instructs us to "guard our hearts" above all else, for out of it flows the issues of life– or our thought life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Jesus is addressing His disciples just before going to the cross. He is instructing them on how to deal with a troubled heart which He knew they were about to experience intensely, due to circumstances surrounding them during their lives on this earth.
Firstly, He tells us as His disciples not to let our hearts be troubled. Then He gives the very simple command:
"Believe in God and believe in Me."
He then proceeds to tell us in the Father’s house there is room for all, and He is going to prepare a place for us, and where He is we will also be forever throughout eternity.
These portions of scripture are often used at funerals to comfort those grieving the loss of loved ones. It reminds us death has been defeated. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58 reads:
"O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore beloved brethren; be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing that your toil is not in vain, in the Lord."
I know from experience if I obey the command of Christ to believe in God, my Father, and Jesus, My Savior, it enables me to not let my heart be troubled. It also has the power to bring healing to the many wounds we experience on this earth that physicians cannot heal.
Jesus says if we love Him we will obey Him. Let us do so today, and bask in His love which is the greatest power in existance and causes us to triumph in all things.
In His love.
May I introduce you to one of the greatest gifts in life–a new grandson! Meet Caleb Hayes Shepard born to my youngest son, Stephen. We are a family of thankful hearts!