Peace isn’t merely the absence of conflict. One can have peace even when things around you are not peaceful or pleasant. True peace has nothing to do with the circumstances going on around you; for real peace comes from Jesus Christ.
Before Jesus was to be crucified he told his disciples that he was leaving them with peace, but not the peace that the world gives.(St. John 14:27) The peace of the world is when everything is good, I have peace. When everything isn’t good, I don’t have peace. The reason the Christian can have peace in trying circumstances is because our trust isn’t in the system of things called the world; A Christian’s citizenship is in heaven, and even though we are affected by what goes on in the world, we are not controlled by what goes on in the world.
There was a story of a woman who was a Christian and she was on an airplane that was certain to crash. I believe that this woman was saddened that her life was about to end; however what she did rather than focus on her impending death was to minister to those aboard the flight who did not have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. It is unknown how many souls she may have led to the Lord in the final moments of her life, simply because she didn’t allow the dreadful circumstances to disturb the peace that God had given her and her purpose.
The Christian is to seek peace and there is a reason for it. (I Peter 3:11) One thing that God wants for his people is soundness of mind, It isn’t possible to have a sound mind if your temperament is changed by circumstances. Jesus also told his followers that in the world they would have tribulation, but that they were not to worry; he had overcome the world. ( St. John 16:33) Not only are we to seek to maintain peace in our own hearts, but we are to seek peace among others; even those who have no desire to be peaceful with us. Matthew 5:9 says that “Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the children of God.” Being a peace maker does not mean being a door mat; it means continually seeking understanding and communication among those we come in contact with, even when it may cause us discomfort.
Isaiah 26:3 says” You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” It is impossible to keep your mind focused on God without focusing on his word, the Bible. If you believe God’s word, it is equal to trusting in him. God can not be separated from his word. Another way we seek peace is by being thankful. It is difficult to be peaceful with a spirit of ungratefulness. Colossians 3:15 says,” Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Being thankful in all circumstances brings about peace. So if I have enough money, I am thankful; if I have no money, I am thankful. That is what I Thessalonians 5:16 means when it says to be thankful in every circumstance.
In Ephesians 4:3 we are encouraged to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Peace strengthens unity; it is peace that binds us together. There can be no unity in the body of Christ without peace. Peace is what the world is yearning for; and it will attempt to bring about peace with a forced unity, which will not work. Again the source of unity in the body of Christ comes from striving for a Christ- like life and having the mind of Jesus Christ.
Finally, peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Fruit takes many years to mature in the natural; it is no different in the spirit realm. It is through time and learning that we acquire the peace that transcends understanding. This peace the world can not give. As the words of the spiritual says, “…This peace that I have, the world didn’t give it, the world can’t take it away.