Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

I woke this morning with a feeling of unease inside. A niggling feeling, nothing major, but enough to know that I wasn’t completely at peace.

To cut a long story short, after consciously eating and drinking of Jesus himself following a walk to school to take the boys, and focusing solely on the gift of the Father, Jesus himself, I sat down on a bench with the intention of being still for a few minutes.

Closing my eyes, within 20 seconds he said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither be afraid.” And, peace!

This bread of Life really is for all day every day. Jesus himself brings us into oneness with himself, and oneness with the Father so that we might know that we are truly at home. For when we are at home, nothing can trouble our hearts nor make us afraid.

Home is a place of security and confidence. It is a safe place. It is a place where we are truly ourselves. Our identity is complete when we are at home, when we are one with the Father. And we can be sure that we are incomplete and wandering around as someone else when we are not at home!

So many things desire to draw us away, just like the younger son in the story, the lure of other things to draw us away from the Father. Even the idea, the thought of other things can be enough to draw us away from him. Our hearts can so easily wander at times! As Jean Vanier so eloquently puts it,

“He knows our capacity to separate ourselves from him.”

But coming home, the Father says to us through Jesus,

“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

There is one certainty, that when we are home, our hearts can not be troubled, nor can they be afraid! It’s an impossibility to be one with the Father and be troubled or afraid.

He is not troubled, and nor is he afraid. Jesus is not troubled, and nor is he afraid. We know this because they are one, and we know this because we are told,

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

This love is two things. It is love, and it is perfect. Completely and totally perfect, without any trace of imperfection.

So let me say again. The Father is not troubled, and nor is he afraid! Jesus is not troubled, and nor is he afraid! So why, if the Father and I are one through Jesus, should my heart be troubled or afraid?

All I need is to have a receptive heart, an open door, and know that Jesus and the Father have come to make their home in me, and that in this oneness with them, it is impossible to be troubled or afraid because they are not at all troubled or afraid!

That is amazing! They are not troubled or afraid! Ever!

We must listen for the voice of the Father, he has so much to say to us all the time. “Son, you are always with me.” Always means always.

And being at home, he says to us,

“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

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