A Troubled Heart

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.” - John 14:1-3
 
 
Everyone knows the heart is central to the body. It’s so significant for our health that failure to care for, maintain, and protect the heart results in 17 million Americans dying each year from heart-related diseases. As central as the heart is to your physical well-being, it is even greater for your spiritual well-being.  
 
The heart is connected to the core of your thoughts and drives your feelings. When the heart experiences shock and sadness, trouble and trauma, hurt and heartache, it can weigh you down mentally and emotionally, and affect your spiritual life. And if left untreated, it can literally tear you apart. It is why so many people suffer from depression. It is why so many people wrestle with anxiety, fear, and worry, because they have conditions of the heart that have gone unchecked and now it is affecting every aspect of their life.
 
In one of Jesus’ last earthly conversations with His disciples, He spoke to them about caring for their heart. He said to them “let not your heart be troubled.” Jesus knew that his death was on the horizon and he wanted the disciples to trust that everything was going to be okay, despite what the situation looked like.
 
What Jesus was saying to His disciples is a message He wants you to hear today. He does not want your heart to be troubled, to be worried, or to be stressed out. When you gave your life to Christ, you made a commitment to trust Him. This is not only with your eternal destination, but with your everyday life. Do not let your heart be troubled, but instead trust God with the here and now.
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