Peace: The condition that exists when nations or other groups are not fighting.

• The ending of a state of war;
• Friendly relations between individuals;
• Freedom from noise, worries, troubles, fears etc.

Have you ever wondered if there could really be such a thing as real peace in someone’s life? From the definitions you can clearly see that in anyone’s life there will be at least one or more of the conditions that would rob a person of truly lasting peace. We aim for it, work for it, fight for it, and have long discussions in hope of achieving it but yet it continues to remain an elusive unobtainable dream at best.

In a world where peace is the one thing that every heart and mind craves we find that the faster we run after it the further away it stands, the harder we grasp at it, the more it slips through our fingers. Without a state of peace in our hearts and minds it will not matter what is going on around us we will still find that we are in sea of never ending turmoil from which there can be no permanent escape. When you find the source of peace within yourself, you then will become the kind of person who can live at peace with others and in any situation.

Mahatma Gandhi put it this way “Each one has to find his peace from within. And for this peace to be real it must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

One Must Ask How Does The World Try To Find Peace?

    1) Men commonly pursue - pleasure, fame, and wealth. These things will not meet the desires of the immortal mind, and they are incapable of affording that peace which the soul needs. They will always leave you with cares, anxiety, and remorse.

    2) Men will have a system of philosophy and false religion to give peace. They profess to give you peace, but it is not real. It does not still the voice of conscience; it does not take away sin; it does not reconcile the soul to God.

What is Gods' Peace?

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I onto you.” John 14:27 (KJV)

What is this peace that Jesus is talking about giving to His People? The Greek word used for Peace is irēnē; which means a sense of rest and contentment that comes only from within the person. He said in Matthew 11:28 (KJV)“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

1) The rest of Christ is not a rest from work but a rest in work, not a rest of inactivity but of harmonious working of all the faculties and affections of will, heart, imagination, conscience because each person will find in God the ideal sphere for their satisfaction and development.

Jesus knowing he was about to leave, promises to give his peace to his disciples. This came from Him who had the power to make peace and to confer it on all Ephesians 2:15 (KJV). It refers here particularly to the consolations, which he gave to his disciples in view of his approaching death. He had exhorted them not to be troubled John 14:1 (KJV), and he had stated reasons why they should not be.

He explained to them why he was about to leave them; he promised them that he would return; he assured them that the Holy Spirit would come to comfort, teach, and guide them. By all these truths and promises he provided for their peace in the time of his approaching departure. But the expression refers also, doubtless to the peace that is given to all who would come to love Him as the Saviour.

2) There is an inward peace of conscience that comes from the sense of pardoned sin and of reconciliation with God. This, Christ is able to give because He purchased it for us with his own blood on the cross at Calvary. Our mind and conscience can rest knowing that the penalty of our sins have all been paid for once and for all and that God will not demand payment twice. This peace is not given the way the world would give its’ peace, not sparingly, selfishly or for a short time, it is forever.

We were at war with conscience, with the law and perfections of God, and with all the truths of religion. Our state after conversion is described as a state of peace. We are reconciled to God; if we will accept all his claims; and we can have a joy which the world can never know in the word, the promises, the law, and the perfections of God, in the plan of salvation, and in the hopes of eternal life.

The peace of Christ is more than the absence of trouble. This peace includes everything that makes for our highest good. Jesus offers the peace that will conquer our fears and anxieties. Nothing can take us from the peace and joy of Jesus Christ. No sorrow or grief, no danger, no suffering can make it less.

Article Written by: Minister Michael Lawrence

1 Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION ®.