Are you looking for peace? Join the club! We all need peace.
We need external peace, or the peace that is the absence of conflict or war. But what we really need is internal peace, the peace from the turmoil resulting from your own thoughts or inner suffering. Are you experiencing a lack of peace because of a recent loss? A conflict with an important person in your life? The inner demons of guilt, depression, a lack of self worth, loneliness?
Most people would agree that they, too, want peace. The world usually thinks of “peace” as external peace: “tranquility” or the “absence of conflict,” and primarily the absence of war.
Internal peace is more complex. This is when we should turn to God. God’s version of peace, his peace, is much more than freedom from disturbance, and like joy, it cannot be dependent on circumstances.
John 14:27: “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.”
We all need peace. We need Shalom!
“Shalom” embodies the ancient Hebrew concept of peace, a more comprehensive peace. It combines the absence of war or conflict with inner peace, contentment, prosperity, and complete well being. It is also a greeting or a blessing.
How can we get shalom? This deep peace can be achieved only with God’s help. We must pray for forgiveness and forgive others (often ourselves as well). We must ask God to help us resolve conflicts and do whatever we can to make peace with those around us.
Once we have that peace, what do we really have?
Assurance of God’s love and generosity, confidence in eternal salvation
A quieted mind, freedom from anxiety and depression
Ability to forgive and love others – and a desire to share that peace with others
Thank you for all that you have done for us. We praise your holy name! We worship you, the only true God.
We ask for the peace that only you can give. Please, dear God, forgive our sins and help us forgive others. Help us resolve conflicts quickly and peacefully. Grant us your peace, your shalom. Help us to always turn to you, not to worldly ways, when we are troubled, knowing that you will ease our suffering. Thank you for granting us your peace.
Colossians 3:15a “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”