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July 29, 1971

The Cure For Troubled Hearts

Larry R. Devore

In John 14:1 we find these words of Christ. "Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me." (NASB)

These words suggest to us that Jesus is the cure for troubled hearts. Regardless of the heaviness of the burden that you bear, God's own Son will lift you up, heal your troubled heart, ease your burdens as no one else can. Shortly before in John 13:21 the scripture says "When Jesus had thus said, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." Jesus knew by experience the anguish of a troubled spirit, as on this occasion He had foreknowledge of the fact that one should betray Him, and also, that despite Peter's vow of faithfulness even unto death, Jesus knew Peter's efforts were doomed to failure (Jn. 13: 38). Jesus then, could say with authority and sympathetic understanding, "Let not your heart be troubled." Peter and the other disciples needed to hear these words in John 14:1-6, and we today need the comfort of these words.

It is wonderful what Jesus can do with a broken heart when we give Him all the pieces. Jesus can meet and fulfill our every spiritual need. What do you need, my friend? Do you need salvation? Jesus is the answer. In fact, He is the only answer. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) By obedience to His gospel, He will wash away your sins and make you whole and clean. Jn. 15:3; Mark 16:16; Jn. 20:31; Luke 24:45-47.

Do you need peace for a sin-guilty conscience? Jesus will give you peace (John 14:27). Not the peace of sleep or a drug-induced peace, but true spiritual peace.

Do you need comfort because death has separated you from someone you love? Jesus can heal your broken heart. He who is "the resurrection and the life" gives us assurance that "though were he dead, yet shall he live:" (John 11:25). As Jesus conquered death, so shall they who "die in the Lord" also conquer death.

Jesus will take care of your every spiritual need if you will let Him and will conform your life to His will. Our partaking of the spiritual blessings Jesus provides (Eph. 1: 3) depends upon our doing His will (Matt. 7:21).

Don't expect Jesus to fulfill your every whim and fancy for material things that you may covet. Jesus did not and does not promise to give you a new car because your neighbor has one and you are down in the mouth about it. That is not what is under consideration in this article. (But you know that).

So many people are searching today for the peace and joy and fulfillment of life, and yet they never find it because they look in the wrong places. Some search for peace (or at least escape) in the cup of wine, or in the hypodermic needle, or in the accumulation of material possessions, or in occultism, or what have you. But the answer lies in none of these.

I suggest to you that true peace only comes through serving God and His Son, by being a member of His Son's body, the church for which He died (Acts 20:28). God cannot be served acceptably in secular society or in a religious institution of human origin. Jesus points out to us that there is only ONE WAY to heaven, and only one acceptable manner of worship (IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH) (John 2:24)

My friend, Jesus can meet and fulfill your every spiritual need. He can heal your troubled heart; give you a new life in Him (2 Cor. 5:17), and give you a spiritual peace that the world knows nothing of, nor can it offer anything like it. Will you let Him help you? "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb. 4:16)

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