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Friday, October 13, 2017

John 14: 1a

Let not your heart be troubled
John 14: 1a

Though countless believers throughout the ages have drawn great solace from these words of Jesus, perhaps taking notice of the context in which they were spoken may make them even dearer to us. If you read the two verses immediately preceding, you will discover that this was spoken right after Peter had made the confident assertion, "I will lay down my life for your sake!" To this, Jesus responded "Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times."

These words would have hit Peter like a blow to the face. He had just pledged unwavering allegiance to Jesus, and Jesus had categorically contradicted his assertion.

But instead of going on to reprove his overconfidence or call him out further for boasting, Jesus instead gently said, "Let not your heart be troubled." He had undoubtedly seen Peter's devastated fallen countenance. Jesus knew Peter's well-intentioned heart, and though he had misspoken by overestimating his loyalty, Jesus told him, "Let not your heart be troubled about your inflated opinion of yourself or that you will soon deny Me."

I draw much comfort from the fact that Jesus said this to Peter, and to us today, knowing full well our many flaws, our own misspoken words or overconfidence. We should not let our hearts be troubled by our own mistakes, knowing that Jesus loves us in spite of them, and loves us through them. He does indeed want us to repent, confess our sins, and to be reconciled to Him. But He doesn’t want us to be paralyzed by them nor plunged into despair because of them. So… let not your heart be troubled today.

Tom Day



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