Devotional, Jesus’ Heart John 13:-17:, John

Jesus’ Heart – Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled (John 14:25-31 Devotional)

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

John 14:25-31 ESV

Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27b

The disciples were disturbed by the departure of Jesus. So to comfort the disciples troubled hearts, instead of promising them everything would be OK,  Jesus brought them the promises of the duo blessing – the coming of the Holy Spirit and His peace.  

They know where He is going. He is going back to the Father. 
They know how they can get there. That is by believing in the Son. 
They know they will see Jesus again. 

But until then,  having only the knowledge of these truths in their head is not enough to help them overcome the troubles in life. Therefore, though Jesus had no material inheritance to pass on to them, He gave His followers two things greater than any wealth on earth: the presence and power of the Helper, the Holy Spirit, and the peace of Jesus.  

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

John 14:26

God is indeed Immanuel!  He is always with us.  When the Son has to leave this world, God’s Spirit comes to stay with us.  He helps, teaches, and reminds us of all of the great teachings and promises of Jesus.  

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.

John 14:27a

Life is not always full of sunshine. God did not promise us a trouble-free life.  There would be times when we feel dreadful and worried. Yet His peace and the Holy Spirit came as a duo blessing!  Jesus called the peace He gave “my peace.” It is sealed with the trademark of Jesus.  His peace is different from the peace this world gives because His peace can calm a troubled and fearful heart and strengthen the weak despite all the ongoing suffering and hardships. By the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, we receive the peace of Jesus that is so different from the world.  

Don’t belittle the power of the Holy Spirit just because my heart, the place He chose to dwell in, is small.  May we be keener to the presence of the Holy Spirit, the mighty God who gently and humbly lives in our hearts. 


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