25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 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. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
The Helper Will Come
A troubled or afraid heart. Somehow we just let it happen. We wake up one day and we have depression or anxiety. What are symptoms of depression? When you have a period of time with a lack of enthusiasm or energy, it can be depression. I used to explain my depression as ‘base-line sad’. I could be happy for moments, but once I was alone or settled, I could feel that I was just sad and deflated. When we lose enthusiasm for things which usually excite us, it can be a sign of depression. When we just want to sleep a lot of the time, this too can be a sign of depression. Depression often looks at life and feels powerless.
Anxiety and fear are different from depression. Fear can actually manifest itself in anger, too. Anxiety is the feeling that something is about to happen which will bring bad consequences. It is often accompanied by the thought that I am not okay. It looks to the future rather than the past. What are you afraid of? Complete the sentence, “When I look at my family, I am afraid …. ‘ Then do the same for your job or your church.
The disciples were troubled and anxious because their rabbi was leaving. He claimed that he was going to leave them peace, but how could this be when their whole lives were wrapped up in their teacher? Jesus knows our need to connect. He knows our need for a counselor. We all need therapy. However, the great therapist is God himself. Empty your heart to the Holy Spirit and he will lead you along the path you must follow. Follow that path all the way to peace.
Holy Spirit, I am nervous about my ability. I feel like an imposter a lot of the time. I worry about how I parent my children and I am not confident about my role as a spouse. The more I know as a teacher, the more I am aware of what I don’t know. The more I move forward as a follower of Jesus, the more I realise I have to learn. Thank you for your grace and your comfort. May I find your peace. May you bring a seamless harmony between the life I live and the life I was designed to live.
- How will the disciples be helped through Jesus’ absence?
- How are disciples not to be troubled or afraid?
- What changes must occur in the disciples perspective?
- How are the heart and the mind related in peaceful living?
- What is the role of the Holy Spirit in therapeutic counseling?