Peace. What does the word bring to mind to you? Do you think of conflicts currently happening around the world, or perhaps gazing out to a beautiful sunset? The Oxford English Dictionary describes peace as: “Freedom from anxiety, disturbance (emotional, mental, or spiritual), or inner conflict; calm, tranquillity”.
But why is peace so important and what does the Bible say about it? In this blog, we are going to take a deep dive into peace and find out what it means for our lives today, as well as looking at some amazing Bible verses about peace.
It’s interesting how the dictionary definition of peace describes a lack of something. Peace is what is left behind when anxiety and conflict are gone, but can peace be active too?
There are 420 mentions of peace in the Bible so you can be sure it is pretty high up on God’s agenda. In the Old Testament, the word peace comes from ‘shalom’, which means far more than just an absence of conflict, rather it means wholeness, safety and completeness. It is still used as a blessing today in Israel and when greeting or saying goodbye to someone, you are actually blessing them with peace. You are saying: “may you be full of well-being” or “may health and prosperity be upon you.”
Peace, therefore, is a powerful bestowal of blessing, and far from being the absence of something, peace is a thing in itself. It is the gift of wholeness. This video has a fuller explanation of ‘shalom’.
Shalom is not just restricted to the lack of conflict, but it is that sense of well-being and completeness, which encompasses all aspects of life: business, home life, physical well-being, and emotional and mental well-being. You can read more about the meaning of shalom here.
In the New Testament, the word ‘peace’ is most commonly translated as Eirene which comes from eirō, meaning “to join, tie together into a whole”.
This concept brings to mind Ecclesiastes 4:12:
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
With God intimately involved in our lives, we have the gift of this indwelling shalom or peace. There are different ways to access this peace, and practising mindfulness can be really helpful. For more tips on mindfulness as a Christian, check out our blog here.
Lets look at some Bible verses about peace.
Ten Amazing Bible Verses About Peace
Prince of Peace
- “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
The Prince of Peace is one of the names of Jesus. Peace is His identity, and He bestows it on us too.
Do Not Be Afraid
- “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.” John 14:27
When we become Christians, Jesus doesn’t promise us a life free of trouble. Rather, He promises us His gift of peace, this sense of wholeness, even when we are facing the storms of this life. The peace of Jesus is literally out of this world.
Overflow With Hope
- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Peace brings hope. The peace of Jesus is the thing that combats the insecurities that can play havoc with our minds. Whatever we are facing, may we know this peace and joy that will lead us to the brightest thing: hope in Him.
His Peace Transcends All Understanding
- “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.” Philippians 4:6-7
Peace comes as an antidote to worry. When we are feeling eaten up with confusion, doubt or despair, the peace of God comes in and guards our minds in Jesus. So, in making us whole, it reaffirms our identity, and what we know to be true. Peace reminds us of who we are.
In Peace I Will Lie Down And Sleep
- “In peace will I lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
Peace helps us to sleep. If you are experiencing anxiety or insomnia at night, ask God for His peace now and receive the blessing of rest. You might find this blog helpful in your journey towards peaceful sleep.
The Punishment That Bought Us Peace
- “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds, we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Jesus’ death on the cross means that we can receive the peace of God in place of the punishment due for our sins. What an amazing exchange, which has given us this precious gift of peace.
- “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” Isaiah 52:7
As ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20), it is our job to show what it is to be living as friends of God. The gift of salvation is good news! It is a blessing to share the peace of this good news. What a beautiful ministry He has given to us! Not that we would feel pressured to share our faith, but that His presence would be so evident in our lives that it would just overflow.
Surpasses All Understanding
- “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
His peace guards our minds. In the middle of the storm, when we feel like we are losing our grip, we can ask for His peace and He will give it. Sometimes, it may make no sense, but it is available for us who ask for it.
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
Far from us being powerless and needing God’s peace to pacify us as Christians, God gives us the authority to speak peace into situations around us that need the touch of heaven. Go out in authority and speak to the world around you, blessing it with peace in the name of Jesus.
Peace, Be Still!
- “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39 (NKJV)
Peace is a commandment that Jesus gave to nature. His disciples said, “even the wind and the waves obey Him!”
Peace be with you, in whatever you are doing; I hope these Bible verses about peace help you on your path today.
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