“He[Jesus] came . . .
To comfort all that mourn . . .
To give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
(Isaiah 61:2-3, KJV)
He has taken away our susceptibility to a debilitating, long-term “spirit of heaviness.”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” He said (John 14:27). He wasn’t saying, “There, there.” He was saying, “Don’t allow it! It’s bad for you.””
-from p.39 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.