We continue to live in times of conflict whether it is in Hong Kong or the Houses of Parliament over Brexit. Where is the peace that we all crave for?
We are told in the Bible that ‘Peace’ is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit, but what is Peace?
Is it the absence of conflict?
Is it that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around re-loading?
Is it that warm feeling of quietness and stillness inside?
What is it?
On the Amazon book website there are over 100,000 books which cover the theme of peace. People are obviously looking for it. In fact, one of the most amazing things about people who are prosecuted for disturbing the peace is that they managed to find some in the first place.
Peace is clearly an elusive thing today, sometimes our lives are like whirling tornadoes or hurricanes, and that brings us to the difficult question of whether it’s even possible to have peace in the world we live in.
Many people say that it is not. Jesus says it is.
The truth is that Jesus made a clear distinction in regard to peace, he said that the kind of peace he had in mind, the kind of peace that he was offering was ‘other worldly’ It was something that was not on offer in the world. This is what he said in John 15:27. ‘Peace I leave with you, MY PEACE I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your lives be troubled and do not be afraid.’
The kind of peace that Jesus was talking about was ‘Shalom’, a Hebrew understanding of peace which goes much further than just an absence of conflict. It speaks of wholeness and harmony, with God, with ourselves, and with other people.
And the only source of that peace is Jesus. He is our peace as Paul says in Ephesians 2:14. He is the eye in the hurricane, the one who helps us in the midst of the storms to know ‘peace’.
God never said that there wouldn’t be storms, but he did promise that in the eye of that storm there was a place of peace within him, a peace that even ‘Amazon’ cannot offer.
In his grip