What is Peace?

I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. [John 14:27 (NCV)]

Peace is more than the absence of armed or verbal conflict. We’ve all been in an unpleasant situation where there were no weapons used or harsh words spoken and yet it clearly was not peaceful. Peace is harmony. The “peace” of which Jesus speaks, however, is more than the absence of discord or quarrels. The peace of God isn’t just getting along with other people and thinking good thoughts. It comes from knowing our loving God is firmly in control and that we have a place in Christ’s kingdom. When we have the peace of God, no matter what the outward circumstances, we find not just harmony but also confidence, safety, tranquility, comfort, and joy.

Now may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. [2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NCV)]