Complete Gospel Tract Titles

Gospel Tract List
1. How I Received the Holy Ghost
2. Jesus Is Coming Again
3. You Must Be Born Again
4. Stir Up the Gift of God
5. The World's Most Dreaded Hour
6. What is Salvation?
7. Stand Still in Jordan
8. The Returned Father
9. Grieved Hearts
10. The Second Death
11. The Father and the Son
12. Suffering and the Saints
13. Cancer Conquered
14. The Church?
15. How Shall They Preach, Except They Be Sent?
16. Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed?
17. Patience
18. Alone With God
19. Tithes and Offerings
20. Prayer
21. The True Sabbath
22. The Besetting Sin
23. Saving Strength
24. What Will the Harvest Be?
25. Marriage and Divorce
26. Taking the Name of the Lord
27. Keys to the Kingdom
28. Works
29. Politics and Believers
30. Unequally Yoked in Marriage
31. Unequally Yoked in Worship
32. The Forgiven Woman
33. The New Earth
34. The Sin of Silence
35. Freedom
36. Gods of the Gentiles
37. Why Some Are Not Healed
38. The Seven Pillars
39. Life, More Abundantly
40. Fear
41. The Comforter’s Testimony
42. This is My Friend
43. Conversion
44. The Time Is Drawing Near?
45. Songs in the Night
46. The Master's Net
47. Trials are Opportunities
48. Receiving the Messenger
49. Seven Messages to the Seven Pastors
50. Keep Yourself Pure
51. Jezreel
52. The New Birth
53. Denying Jesus
54. Bruised Reeds
56. The Wise and the Foolish
57. Holiness
58. Is Jesus God?
59. Christ or Christianity
60. Have Faith In God
63. Four Kinds of Soil
64. Communion
66. Baptism
69. Crucified With Christ
70. Homosexuality and the Bible
71. The Kingdom of God
72. The Gospel of Christ
77. Sanctification
78. New Commandments
79. The Sacrifice of Christ
81. Speaking in Tongues
87. Antichrist
88. The Way of Grace
90. Relationships
93. Subdued
94. The Spirit of Christ
95. The Blood of Christ
96. Spirit of a Serpent, Spirit of a Dove
97. Gluttony
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Gospel Tract #9

Grieved Hearts

George C. Clark and John David Clark, Sr.

"He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and we hid, as it were, our faces from him. He was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted."
Isaiah 53:3-4

Ours is a time of ominous unrest and uncertainty, causing distress among men. Too many are coldly accumulating wealth and position at the expense of others. It is surprising what some men will do now for just a little honor. If you are among those pursuing this world's benefits and pleasures, let me remind you that all such labor is in vain. The Lord Jesus is knocking at your heart's door and pleading with you to cease this mad rush for temporal pleasure and false security. Jesus – and Jesus alone – is able to calm the fears that so easily oppress our vulnerable human spirits. Jesus alone can fill your heart with a genuine, enduring peace.

If there ever was a time when we needed a Savior to bear our burdens, it is now. Even the most prudent leaders of the nations are distressed as never before concerning national security, puzzling diseases, natural disasters, and crime. Homicide and suicide are being committed in unprecedented numbers. Man has never been so thoroughly reminded of his mortality.

May I urge you, my reader, to be deeply concerned about your relationship with Christ. The prophecies of end-time events, one by one, are being fulfilled. If you hope to be "caught up" to meet Christ in the air, you must overcome the cares of this world; and we can do that only by heeding Peter's wise exhortation to "cast all your care upon him; for he cares for you" (1Pet. 5:7).

Whether it be our physical infirmities, the loss of a loved one, a crushing disappointment, or even worry about the future, the Lord is touched by our frailty and is waiting for us to trust in his tender care. Jesus "has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows." Indeed, God "put him to grief" for us. So, why face this sorrowful world alone? "For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched by our frailties, but he has been tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin. Let us boldly draw near to the throne of grace, then, so that we might receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:15-16). Our blessed Savior, though glorious in power and majesty, is also acquainted with the grief of this life. He has been here. How he must desire that we know that he understands and loves us!

While walking over the hills of Judea, healing the sick and afflicted, Jesus sounded the depths of every human experience. He knows what sorrow means. His grieving was not for himself, as we know, but for the sufferings and spiritual blindness of God's people. It is heart-rending to picture the rejected Savior upon the Mount of Olives, weeping over Jerusalem, "Oh, if you had known – yes, you! – at least in this, your day, the things which would lead to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes."

Jesus suffered and died to purchase for us peace with God, a peace which will lift even the heaviest of our burdens. Nothing else can remove from our hearts the awful weight of sin. We are told that "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [of sin]" (Heb. 9:22); therefore, our Lord had to pour out his precious blood to lift us from our sins and sorrows and to give us peace and comfort as we come to him. He knows our sorrows, and he is able and willing to bear the grief we so often carry. Will you let him bear yours this very minute? Why not surrender them just now?

Be honest with yourself, my reader. Are you really happy? If not, and if you desire real peace and joy, Jesus is now, even this very minute, saying with outstretched arms, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest." This rest which Jesus has for you will remove your grief, give you joy, and set you free from this world of unrest and confusion, thus preparing you for that midnight cry which shall be sounded: "Behold, the bridegroom is coming! Go out to meet him!" (Mt. 25:6). Are you ready for this, my friend?

Undoubtedly, some will want to know what price God demands for this liberty from the sorrows of this world. God Himself will answer this question: "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2Chr. 7:14). When this is accomplished, we can truly say, "he has borne our griefs", and "himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses."

Because the shame associated with disobedience burdens many of God's people, the life of faith sometimes appears dreary. Yet, the obedient children of God are the happiest people on earth, having learned that without Christ's guidance, all life is frustratingly vain. Peter describes the faithful believer as rejoicing "with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1Pet. 1:8). Such saints have every reason to be happy, for they know what Christ has given them and what he has taken away. He has given peace and has taken away sin, fearfulness, and that distressing sense of guilt. Thank God, he has led them out of darkness into light, out of grief into joy. They have been freed from the domination of sinful impulses. They have passed from the fear of death to the hope of everlasting life.

Faithful followers of Christ develop and increase their joy as they go to him in the time of need. They find their need supplied, as they lean upon him for strength in the moment of weakness, and find themselves upheld, as they turn to him in the hour of grief, and find peace and comfort. Who could keep from rejoicing with a Savior like this? The commandment to "rejoice in the Lord always" seems superfluous to every true believer, for he has experienced the reality of that oft-quoted verse, "Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee."