Jesus Christ is the author of peace, the Prince of Peace. In this learning laboratory of mortality, we find that peace comes as we put Him first in our lives. We come to know that He lives, that Christ truly paid the price of our sins, our poor vision, our weaknesses, by suffering personally for each one of them, and that He has become our Advocate with the Father through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, to enable us, lift us, save us, and redeem us. He alone can bring peace to us through the gift of His Spirit.
The Savior’s words are literal and are for you and I: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 27).
Jesus Christ wants us to have rest and as we feel His love, we do feel guided along the “still waters.” We can feel this even in the torrent of trial and the slashing winds of stormy seas at various times in our lives. When we think God has turned His back on us, wonder how or why He could allow a certain innocent suffering or emotional pain, we can find out that He is always facing us. He never turns away. He never abandons us; He never causes harm or injury, but He sometimes allows evil that others do to run its course, that the wicked may be judged and because no one can be forced to be His follower and friend. Those who willfully inflict evil will suffer until they repent. While Christ’s mercy is perfect, the demand of justice reach through this life and into the next.
Usurping agency, even if it means taking away all the consequences of evil, would undermine the plan for your and my eternal happiness. There is no such thing as “forced good.” If we are prodded to obey at every turn, we would never grow. We would be spiritual and emotional robots going through the motions in charlatan fashion in life. Since the plan is bigger and better than that, so too is the risk and the occurrence of suffering. All of this, though, will be overcome by the Savior.
If you’re wondering how near Jesus Christ is in your specific trial, reflect for a moment on these words by Truman Madsen, Mormon educator:
“No amount of mortal abuse can quench the divine spark. If you only knew who you are and what you did and how you earned the privileges of mortality, and not just mortality but of this time, this place, this dispensation, and the associates that have been meant to cross and intertwine with your lives; if you knew now the vision you had then of whatat this trial, this probation (what in my bitter moments I call this spook alley) of mortality could produce; if you knew the latent infinite power that is locked up and hidden for your own good now–if you knew these things you would never again yield to any of the pudowns that are a dime a dozen in our culture today. Everywhere….the denial of the worth and dignity of man.” (Truman Madsen, The Highest in Us, Bookcraft, 1978, p.12.)
If you don’t know who Jesus Christ is, if you’ve been taught He is just a man, if you have wonderings and stirrings within you, we invite you to take a closer look at His life, His gospels, His teachings, and to ask God if Jesus is not His Son, through whom you can find all you need for happiness.
I testify that He is the answer if you are seeking to find peace. He is your Advocate. Knowing Jesus Christ is within your reach. “In an increasingly unjust world, to survive and even to find happiness and joy, no matter what comes, we must make our stand unequivocally with the Lord” (James E. Faust, apostle, Ensign, Nov. 2004, 18.)