Peace I Leave With You

ImageWe live in a world in which there is great uncertainty and uneasiness.  In the bustle of everyday life it is easy to get caught up in the frequent demands on our time, endless sources of distraction, and unlimited sources of entertainment.  At times we face momentous challenges which can entirely overcome us.  We can be left wanting, wishing for something greater, reaching for something we have not yet found, searching for peace.

As a physician I work with many individuals who suffer from physical and mental discontent.  My patients come to me wanting.  Wanting help controlling their blood pressure.  Wanting guidance in their choices of healthy living.  Wanting relief from great burdens of pain and mental anguish.  Many are seeking peace in one respect or another.

At times it is difficult to obtain peace, because our minds are caught up in so many other things.  We may seek for it in quiet meditation, doing the things we love, in the company of those we cherish, in food, in exercise, in health, in substances, or in escape.  If we are searching for peace in the wrong sources we find that it does not comfort us to the extent we wish.  We may experience it in glimpses, only to have it fade away from us.  And again we are left wanting.

The more the years pass in my life, the more I value the sweet tranquility of peace.  How do we find enduring peace?

Jesus Christ gives us pure insight:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” – John 14:27

He offers us true and lasting peace.  Peace which does not fade with time.  Peace which comforts our unsettled minds and hearts.  Peace which can reliably be found.  Peace which comes alone through Him: Jesus Christ.

I know that there is a God in Heaven.  He is a perfect, and Eternal Father.  He loves us as His spirit children.  He has a plan for our well-being.  A plan for our peace.  This plan involves our journey to this earth, and our experiences in mortality.  He prepared His Great Son, Jesus Christ, as the center of His plan for our peace.  This plan, and it’s source in Jesus Christ, was taught through the ages by prophets: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many others.  Each of them spoke of Jesus Christ.  They knew that He would come as harbinger of peace to all on earth.  He did come.  He lived among men.  Although He lived a perfect life, He “suffered temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer” (Mosiah 3:7).  And He did this for us.  “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).  Through Him we can find lasting peace.

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