June 6, 2017

John 14:1 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

The words “Don’t let your hearts be troubled” gives us some cool insight into the heart of Jesus. These words help us to know God. In a few hours Jesus will be arrested, tried unjustly and sentenced to die by crucifixion. A crown of thorns will be hammered into his head, his beard will be plucked out, he will be mocked and spit upon, he will be whipped beyond recognition as a human being, he will be nailed to a cross, and the weight of every sin that has and will be committed will be hung on him and he will receive the punishment that everyone of those sins deserve.

If you were on your way to be crucified would you be thinking about the welfare of your friends? Jesus was concerned about how his friends would react when they saw all of what Jesus was about to go through! By the way he knew how they would react and he was still concerned. Is this the Jesus that you know? Talk about a heart of compassion and unconditional love. If you are a friend of Jesus how comforting is it to know that he is thinking about you? It doesn’t matter if you hit a home run or strike out his thoughts of you are good thoughts. How do you know if you are a friend of Jesus? You are practicing not doing the ‘don’ts.

John 15:12–14 (NLT) — 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

The cool part is that this is the love that is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus.

Romans 5:5 (NLT) — 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Why not give this love away that the Holy Spirit has placed within you. Perhaps you could give it to someone who has let their heart become troubled, frazzled, and agitated. With the help of the Holy Spirit be helpful instead of troubled. O yea and perhaps you could take a moment or three and thank Jesus for his good thoughts toward you.

Be Inspired Hilltop!





  1. Wonderful insight into the heart of Jesus, Pastor Dan! We look for encouragement through God’s word and/or someone else when we become overly anxious about something. How many of those people that give us words of peace were experiencing life’s troubles to a greater degree yet were still able to give us just what we needed to hear? Thank you Holy Spirit for your daily help. Thank you Jesus for your good thoughts of me. Thank you Father that I know you a little better today. Ahhhhh…..