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Peace can be defined as “tranquility, harmony, or security.” Depending on the situation, it could also mean “prosperity” or “well-being.” The different forms of the word peace are found 429 times in the King James Version of the Bible. There are also different types of peace: false peace, inner peace, peace with God, and peace with man.

God instructs us to seek peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). We should be a people who are peaceful and seek to live peaceful lives. “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19). Of course, there will be some people who do not desire peace, but we are still to do our utmost to be at peace with them. “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18).

As believers, we strive to “let the peace of God rule” in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). Jesus gave His disciples peace based on the truth that He has overcome the world. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Peace is also a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If we are allowing the Spirit of God to rule in our lives, we will experience His peace. To be spiritually minded brings life and peace. “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). We are to strive for peace with others, but true peace can only be found in the truth of God’s word and a right relationship with Him.

Brad Tolbert
Monticello church of Christ
Monticello, AR

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