The Cure for the Troubled Heart

by Gene Taylor

"'Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.'" (John 14:1-4)

A troubled heart can be found in anyone, even the Christian. There are many reasons for one's heart to be troubled -- separation from or death of a loved one, the unfaithfulness of a friend, a feeling of insecurity, a lack of understanding, personal problems, sin, etc. What is the Christian to do when his heart becomes troubled? He must look to Jesus and the comfort He can give.

It has been said that only those who have known sorrow are able to give comfort. Isaiah 53:3 refers to Jesus as "a Man of sorrows." Thus, acquainted with sorrow Himself, He can soothe the hearts of His disciples when they become sorrowful and troubled.

The fourteenth chapter of the gospel of John provides dramatic evidence of that fact. Jesus recognized how troubled His apostles would be by His death so in that passage He spoke words of comfort to them. In those same words we, His disciples today, are able to find the cure for our troubled hearts.

The Comfort of Faith (v. 1)

Faith is the foundation of true comfort. Faith frees one from sin, makes him pleasing to God, allows him to overcome sin and the world, and causes him to always remember that God will never forsake him (John 8:24; Heb. 11:6; 1 Sam. 12:22). If faith is great enough, one can accomplish or overcome all things (Phil. 4:13; Matt. 21:18-22). What a comforting thought that is for all the faithful.

The Comfort of Hope (vv. 2-3)

Hope in Christ is the comfort and anchor of the soul (Col. 1:27; 1 Tim. 1:1; Heb. 6:19-20). Apart from Christ, in the world, there is no hope (Eph. 2:12). And in hell, all hope will be left behind. The hope of better things should comfort the Christian in adverse times (1 Thes. 4:13-18).

The Comfort of Understanding (vv. 4-6)

The Christian can understand God. Jesus has given him a plain way to the Father and made complete provision for him to understand it. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide men into all truth and to reveal the mystery of the Christ. He is our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1).

The Comfort of Prayer (vv. 13-14)

The Christian who is lonely or whose heart is heavy should follow the example of Jesus, Peter, Paul, and Stephen and pray (Luke 18:1; 1 Thes. 5:17; Jas. 5:16). It is an aid in time of trouble.

The Comfort of Love (vv. 20-25)

How comforting it should be to the Christian to know that he is the object of divine love. That love is great (1 John 3:1) and will never fail (Rom. 8:35-39).

The Comfort of the Holy Spirit (v. 26)

The comforting words of the Holy Spirit teach the Christian all that is necessary for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3) and thoroughly equip him for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The Comfort of Peace (v. 27)

Those who are justified have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). They are in a kingdom of joy and peace (Rom. 14:17). They produce the fruit of the Spirit which includes love, joy, and peace (Gal. 5:22). The peace they have passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).

Conclusion

The next time your heart is troubled, look to Jesus. He provides comfort in all the above ways to those who allow Him to guide their lives.