If someone asked you to define peace, how would you explain it?
Peace can be hard to describe in words. You may be most familiar with peace being described as a river that attends our souls from the hymn It Is Well. Typically, we describe peace by how we feel. You know when you are at peace and you know when you’re not. But how do you define and articulate it in words?
The best way to define peace is to look to Scripture. The biblical concept of peace stems from the Hebrew root slm, which means “to be complete” or “to be sound.” Shalōm, the most prominent Old Testament term for peace, holds many connotations and is associated with well-being, harmony and security accompanied by God’s presence.
As you read those words, they give a more complete way to describe peace, don’t they? When your soul is at peace, you would probably say you feel secure, complete and sound. Those are beautiful words to describe such an important fruit in our lives!
Results of Peace
Scripture paints a beautiful picture of what a life filled with peace looks like. Take a look at these Scriptures:
A heart at peace gives life to the body…” -Proverbs 14:30a
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:7
“For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.” -1 Corinthians 14:33
Doesn’t it bring you so much hope to know that a life defined by peace brings joy, guards us and provides us clarity?! It does to me. It makes me want to run toward peace because I long for those characteristics to define my life.
It is possible friend. A life in Christ can bring us all those things. So, how do we become filled with peace? We’ll answer that question in our next teaching…stay tuned!