What is genuine peace?
Would you know if it arrived or how to recognize it when it did? Does it come and go, is it based on emotion or is it a state of mind? How could a thing so difficult to define, be something we’d all like to have?
Peace should be easy to find, shouldn’t it? After all, we live in a generation with more conveniences than ever before; from communication to transportation.
A restful stay at a beautiful, exotic resort; advice from a life coach; or how about a 5-step program through an online app? But peace still eludes us; whether for a moment, a day, or for some, a lifetime. Ambassadors are sent to nations to bring it, politicians promise it, families thrive in it, a healthy body requires it, and we can’t live without it; at least not for very long. I’m talking about peace.
In spite of life’s breakneck pace and the chaos that surrounds us, it is possible to have peace.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary
The word peace has several definitions:
- a state of tranquillity or quiet
- freedom from civil disturbance
- a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom (a breach of the peace)
- freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
- harmony in personal relations
So, what is peace? The answer might surprise you.
Peace, why you can’t live without it
First, what peace is not:
- It’s not a state of having something
- Peace can’t be bought, with any amount of money (but you already knew that)
- It will never be earned through accolades or accomplishments
- It won’t arrive at a certain age or stage in life (when you graduate and get that great job!)
- Finally, it can’t be found in someone else (that perfect relationship you’ve been looking for your whole life)
A lack of peace causes stress and stress cause problems; from bad health to poor financial decisions. Worse yet, ongoing stress leads to coping mechanisms like seclusion, depression, substance abuse, and addictions.
However, being at peace doesn’t just “happen.”
Acquiring peace requires action. Not one time and then it’s yours forever; not once a year during a joy-filled holiday season (although it’s not a bad place to start). Before you have peace, you must first value peace enough to go after it.
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Peace is more than a state of mind.
The Source of peace
As Jesus prepared His disciples for the rejection and betrayal that lay ahead, He provided them with comfort and assurances they would soon need. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit, and He spoke of a gift; one with eternal significance, His Peace.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27, NKJV).
Peace resides in a relationship. But not just any relationship. A relationship based on a foundation of trust. Peace reigns in and through a relationship with Jesus, the Author of all life, the Prince of Peace, the One through whom all things were made (see John 1:3).
When we trust Jesus, we receive His peace.
- “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. . . . For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19, 21).
- “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness…” (Matt. 6:22,23).
- “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:25, 32-33).
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST (renewal, blessed quiet) FOR YOUR SOULS” (Matt. 11:28-29, AMP).
It is a choice. Whom will you trust: store up earthly treasures or heavenly ones? When you seek the kingdom of God and His way of living and being, you will have all you need, including genuine peace.
Look to Jesus, keep your eyes on Him, and watch what only He can do.
Share a time when you trusted Jesus and received His peace in exchange for doubt, worry or fear.