Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Peacegiver

Ezra Taft Benson said: "The price of peace is righteousness. Peace cannot be imposed. It must come from the lives and hearts of men. There is no other way".
(Listen, A Journal of Better Living)

"I am the way," (John 14:6) the Lord declared. "After your tribulation, I will feel after you," he promised.
"And if you harden not your hearts, and stiffen not your necks against me, I will heal you” (D&C 112:13).

Nothing is more important than understanding not just that the Lord's atonement is the answer to our daily, painful predicaments, but 'how' it is the answer. The Lord "feels after us to heal us," and what we must do to receive the peace of his healing. The Lord's atonement reaches deep into the trouble of daily life to the very bottom of every dispute and hurt feeling. To the predicament of a hard heart, he offers the promise of a new one. To the pain of hurt feelings, he offers the balm of his love. To utter loneliness, he offers the companionship of the heavens.

His birth was heralded by the words "Peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14) because his atonement is what makes peace and good will possible. The way to true, deep, lasting peace is only in and through the Prince of Peace. "He is our peace," Paul declared, for through his atonement he has "broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity" (Ephesians 2:14-15).

There are far too many partitions in our hearts and homes and too much enmity between us. But the carpenter of Nazareth has constructed for us peace.
(“The Peacegiver”).

I am thankful for the Prince of Peace.

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