The difference between trouble and pressure

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After the last supper with his disciples, Jesus said to them “do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). Later Jesus said

“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16v31-33

In the first quote – about not letting our hearts be troubled, the Greek word is tarasso which means disturbed or agitated. When he then says “in this world you will have trouble the Greek word is thlipsis which means pressure.

So although we face trouble and pressure on the outside, we don’t have to get agitated on the inside. There’s always pressure from the world and there is always peace available from Jesus.

What are you more conscious of right now – pressure from the world or peace that is in Jesus?



Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin