- a. "a state of harmony, tranquility"
- b. "the absence of hostility, the absence of mental stress or anxiety"
In the Bible, the word peace is used to translate
- a. Shalom (Hebrew) - completeness, soundness, welfare, peace - BDB Hebrew Dictionary
- b. Eirene (Greek) - often refers to the inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ - Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Peace is a quality and virtue that is sorely needed in the world and church today, for... despite poverty, abuse, sickness, death, and loneliness people still find peace. This is the peace Paul talks about in Philippians 4:7: "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Have you had this experience in your walk with God? I agree with Apostle Paul, this peace"passes all understanding," and it must be experienced; but cannot be explained.
When I am reaching out to a "seeker" of spiritual wholeness-salvation there comes a moment in the dialogue where I see that mystified look come in their eyes. They can sense I am telling the truth about my life in Christ and the unexplainable peace and joy I know continually. But they have never known anything like that in their lives. Years ago I would try to explain it....now I know I cannot explain it to them. But the genuine credibility they pick up in my speech, body language and the life I live transparently causes them to hunger for Jesus Christ. At that moment; where they know I have something they do not have; I become: salt and light. Salt always makes someone thirsty. My prayer when I see the "look" come on them is that Holy Spirit will increase their thirst for Jesus and they will "have to" find Him to quench their thirst.When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us and rules our minds, thoughts, and desires, He produces peace and contentment in us.
Will you try to explain the unexplainable peace of God in your heart?