Let not your heart be troubled
Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 13:38–14:1
—¿Tu vida darás por mí? De cierto, de cierto te digo: No cantará el gallo sin que me hayas negado tres veces. No se turbe vuestro corazón; creéis en Dios, creed también en mí. Juan 13:38–14:1
Qué interesante y qué alentador cuando uno quita la separación artificial entre estos dos versículos de Juan.
Perhaps two of the most amazing verses in all of Scripture are John 13:38 and 14:1. Have you ever put these verses together? The chapter division obscures a hidden gem of truth. I never even dreamed that the verse acknowledging Peter’s failure and sin would be followed by one of deepest comfort. Jesus knew the desire of Peter’s heart. He knew Peter did not want to deny him, that Peter dreamed of being a hero and dying for the Messiah. But Jesus also recognized that as much as Peter wanted to do what was right, he would not. His response to Peter’s failure was comfort. He was going to send One to Peter who would enable him to do what he longed to do, to be faithful. The Holy Spirit would make Peter all he wanted to be.
All the valor and heroic spirit in the world will not equal the Spirit of God in a person’s life. Jesus knows your heart and your willingness to accept the Spirit, and he also sees your failures. He knows whether you are hungry for him, and if you are, he says, “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in me. I will set you free so you can follow me with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. I will set you free to be faithful.”
The promise in Ezekiel 36:27 holds true: “And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances” (NASB). Those are not commands to obey; they are promises that we will obey when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
La promesa en Ezekiel 36:27 es cierta: “Pondré dentro de vosotros mi espíritu, y haré que andéis en mis estatutos y que guardéis mis preceptos y los pongáis por obra.” No son órdenes que deben ser obedecidas; son promesas que obedeceremos cuando nos llenemos del Espíritu Santo.