How do you define peace?
The Bible has a lot to say about peace; it appears 329 times. Peace in the Bible is a bit different than what peace is in the world. It’s more than just an emotion, the absence of stress, a good night’s sleep, security, tranquility or a vacation. The Hebrew word translated as peace is “shalom,” which means completeness, soundness, wholeness and welfare.
Peace is not so much the absence of something, as much as it is the presence of Someone.
The peace that Jesus provides surpasses human understanding.
It’s peace that quite literally doesn’t make sense.
It’s peace in situations where you should have none.
I have found that peace can be found where you often least expect it. When you think you’re too far gone, when you’re convinced you messed up too much, when you think God forgot about you. Peace is connected to His Presence, and it’s a promise. Peace is a Person.
True peace isn’t found in the absence of problems.
True peace is found in the presence of the Prince of it.
Here is what the Bible has to say about peace:
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
1 Peter 3:11
They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
- Carly Lynn // @car1ylynn