This post is by Dominoe Hammond.
There are many things in the world that can rob us of peace. The one that happens for me, most often, is the teasing, screaming, crying, fighting, hair-pulling, toy-taking ways my kids show love to each other. Which makes me want to shut myself in my room with a good book and a box of chocolates! But all too soon there’s pounding on the door and little fingers reaching under the door and I get a sugar-induced headache. Not the best way to find peace.
Fortunately, no matter what situation we find ourselves in, there is always a way to find peace. In John 16:33, Christ says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
President Heber J. Grant described the Savior’s peace this way: “His peace will ease our suffering, bind up our broken hearts, blot out our hates, engender in our breasts a love of fellow men that will suffuse our souls with calm and happiness.”
I find it interesting that he doesn’t say, “His peace will keep us from suffering, protect our hearts from being broken.” He said “ease our suffering” and “bind up our broken hearts.” He is not going to save us from every trial and hardship--because he knows that’s where we become stronger, wiser, more humble and understanding. And it is how we learn that it is only through Him that we find true peace, the strength to endure, and have faith in better things to come.
Sometimes our trials and tribulations come because of the choices of others. Our degree of pain can be lessened by forgiveness. Elder James E. Faust once said, “The Savior has offered to all of us a precious peace through His Atonement, but this can come only as we are willing to cast out negative feelings of anger, spite, or revenge. For all of us who forgive ‘those who trespass against us,’ even those who have committed serious crimes, the Atonement brings a measure of peace and comfort.”
All too often, our suffering comes from our own personal choices. And it is, again, through the atonement that peace can be ours. Sin and transgression take the spirit away—and the peace along with it. The only way to feel that true peace again is to repent and turn to Him.
Elder Quentin L. Cook said it so well, “Humbling ourselves before God, praying always, repenting of sins, entering the waters of baptism with a broken heart and contrite spirit, and becoming true disciples of Jesus Christ are profound examples of the righteousness that is rewarded by abiding peace. …Repentance and living righteously allow for peace of conscience, which is essential for contentment. When there has been a major transgression, confession is required to bring peace. Perhaps there is nothing to compare with the peace that comes from a sin-wracked soul unloading his or her burdens on the Lord and claiming the blessings of the Atonement.”
I know that the only way to feel true peace is through forgiveness, repentance, and living worthy to have the spirit with us always. Our Savior understands—every situation, every person—and has done all He can to allow us to feel peace again.
No sugar-induced headache necessary.