Across the Preacher’s Desk: Troubled Hearts

June 24, 2021 - Sorrow is a universal experience, it comes to the rich and poor, to the powerful and the weak. So much of the sorrow in our world is unseen, often it is hidden from view purposely. Many times it is known only to the individual and to God. It can be buried beneath a cheerful countenance and earthly baubles. Yet, even the most cheerful often have troubled hearts.

Our hearts can be troubled by sins, either our own or the sins of others. Hearts can be heavy because of the departure of a loved one or the deep waters of serious illness. There are times that our hearts are distressed due to the unfaithfulness of a friend or feelings of insecurity. 

Jesus did not shun sorrow. To be sure, He was often found among people with heavy hearts, people who were distressed and uneasy. To these He was sympathetic. Jesus suffered with people and shared their sorrows. His mission was to “heal the brokenhearted” (Luke 4:18)

Jesus’ remedy for broken and troubled hearts was faith. He said, “believe in God, believe in me” (John 14:1) A few sentences later he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me” When our faith is in Jesus Christ, when we live life His way, our troubled hearts will find relief.

It’s something to think about… tbp

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