Finding Peace

Romans 12:18, “As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

What is Peace?  

When you hear the word “peace,” what comes to mind?

According to Wikipedia, “peace” is commonly understood as the absence of hostility, it suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal and international relationships.

In the Old Testament (OT), in the Bible, the word for “peace” in Hebrew is Shalom. This word Shalom carries a more of a meaning than the absence of conflict. It is made up of this notion of wholeness, completeness, and soundness.  In the OT, peace is connected with righteousness and justice.  Righteousness and justice are living rightly in a relationship with others.

In the New Testament (NT), in the Bible, peace is connected with the notion of fellowship. The Greek term is koinonia.

Both terms reveal God’s intentions on how we are to live.

Colossians 3:15, “God has commanded us to let peace rule in our lives and relationships, and because peace is a fruit of the Spirit and therefore an evidence of His working in our lives.”

The Fruit of the Spirit called peace.

What is the Evidence of PEACE?

The Goal of peace is not sameness but harmony, not uniformity but unity.

The Purpose of peace is to calm anger, and comfort the injured.  It takes place by reducing strife and violence, by promoting shalom, harmony, and flourishing in a common life together; by promoting reconciliation with God, within ourselves, and with others in the church and in the world.

The evidence of “peace” is the presence of calmness and mindfulness in the midst of conflict, tension, or chaos.

How is Peace Expressed?

With God, peace is expressed through repentance and faith.

Romans 5:1,“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:8, “While we were still sinners Christ died for us…”

Within ourselves, peace is relying on Christ presences and focusing on letting God be in control, so His peace can permeate our lives.

Philippians 4:6-7-“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

With others, peace is doing our part to pursue harmony and unity with others.

Romans 14:19, “Pursue the things which make for peace and building up of one another.”

Ephesians 4:3, “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Romans 12:18, “As far as it depends, live at peace with everyone.”

The Fruit of the Spirit of PEACE is promoting harmony and unity in the midst of any circumstance that is expressed through the pursuit of reconciliation with God, within ourselves, or with others, through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Imagine what your life would look like if you pursued “Peace.”

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