God knows that life will be difficult for us, yet he wants us to find peace amid the sorrow. As Jesus was about to be crucified, He told His disciples, "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." So what Had he told His disciples that would bring them peace?
After washing their feet and administering the sacrament to them, He told them to not allow their hearts to be troubled. He promised them that there were many mansions in His Father's house and that He was preparing a place for them.
He told them that if they prayed in faith, He would answer their prayers. He challenged them to believe in Him as they believe in the Father. He proclaimed, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me."
He said that those who truly love Him will keep His commandments. He promised his followers that He would give them the Comforter, or the Holy Ghost, to teach them all things. He told them that He was leaving them His peace and asked them not to worry or be afraid.
He urged his followers to love others as He loves us. He challenged them, "Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." He prayed that they would be one with He as He was with the Father.
Love, obedience, prayer, faith, Spirit, trust, seeking peace. He gave us the path to peace. Our challenge now is to walk in that path.
© Carol Brown