Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
This scripture explains how to have peace in our life. According to dictionary.com “at peace” means: absence of mental anxiety a state of stillness, silence, or serenity. 2 Corinthians 13:11 tells of many characteristics a person must have in order to have the God of love and peace with them. First they must be perfect. But we all know that none of us are perfect, so how do we achieve this requirement?
1 kings 8:61 states:
Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
So basically our heart can be perfect when we follow the Lord’s statutes and commandments. As I pondered this I thought to myself, why would the way to peace be always following rules and commandments. Why isn’t peace just being able to do what you want. So, to answer this, I thought of times in my life I had been most at peace.
when going to the temple
reading scripture with real intent
going to church each Sunday
spending time with my family.
All of these relate to the commandments of god. Go to the temple, read scriptures, keep your body healthy, keep the Sabbath day holy, and spend time with family. This showed me that I really did have peace when following God’s commandments. A scripture is able to explain this well. It is Psalms 119:165 which says:
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
This scripture really hit me. It told me that I have to love the commandments in order to have peace. This makes sense because if you don’t love what you are supposed to follow and live your life with, there is no way you can have peace.
Another requirement of having the God of peace to be with us is be of one mind. 1 Corinthians 1:10 says best what this means:
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
This means that in order to have peace we must know what we are supposed to do and not have any conflicting thoughts. A good example of being of one mind is in a talk entitled “Personal Peace: The Reward of Righteousness” By Elder Quentin L. Cook It talks about a couple during the incident that took place on September 11, 2001. Elder Cook recounts:
Our oldest son and his wife, who were expecting their first child, lived three blocks from the World Trade Center in New York City when the first plane crashed into the North Tower. They went to the roof of their apartment building and were horrified as they watched what they thought was some kind of terrible accident. Then they witnessed the second plane crash into the South Tower. They immediately realized that this was no accident and believed lower Manhattan was under attack. When the South Tower collapsed, their apartment building was engulfed in the dust cloud that rained down over lower Manhattan.
Confused about what they had witnessed and concerned about further attacks, they made their way to a safer area and then to the Manhattan stake Church building at Lincoln Center. When they arrived, they found that dozens of other members in lower Manhattan had made the same decision to gather at the stake center. They called to let us know where they were. I was relieved that they were safe but not surprised at their location. Modern revelation teaches that the stakes of Zion are a defense and “a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.”
This showed how the members in Manhattan were of one mind and knew where to go to escape the destruction they had seen. Once they had gathered together. They were able to contact their family and once again have peace.
If we obey the commandment of god and have no disputations among us we will have peace and have the holy ghost always with us.