“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16New International Version (NIV)
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
For many of us, we want some peace and quiet in our lives. But with the troubles of the world and of our daily life, it is difficult to achieve. Yet the bible teaches us how to be peaceful in a state of chaos and challenges.
John 16:32-33New International Version (NIV)
32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “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.”
Jesus now is telling his disciples that they will be scattered and yet he is expecting them to be at peace because He has overcome the world.
In the bible God has also been called Jehovah Shalom, which means God of Peace. This name was mentioned in Judges 6:24, where Gideon built an altar for the Lord and named in Jehovah Shalom.
The basic meaning of Shalom is harmony and reconciliation. Ultimately that is peace. To live in harmony to the people around you.
Hebrews 12:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
One major part of living in peace is to be at peace with everyone. When we are at peace with everyone, we do not have to worry about how people see us, we do not have to worry about showing up in a party and thinking if there are certain people there. To have peace in our hearts is to live in peace and harmony with others.