Finding Inner Peace
Peace is often defined as the absence of war. That’s one definition, but it excludes a lot. Another very important meaning is “tranquility.” Tranquility is a condition of human existence that not only means the absence of conflict, but refers to an inner quality of well-being, health, hope, and other positive qualities that we can have emotionally and spiritually.
The biblical word for peace is “shalom.” Shalom is a Hebrew word “meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.” These terms can apply to a nation, or even the whole world, but it’s most important applied to an individual, like you or me.
The Bible tells us that this peace comes from our relationship with God as believers in Jesus. Our hope in Jesus not only gives us the promise of eternal peace in heaven, but it exists in the here-and-now if we only seek it. How can we seek peace?
I regularly find peace in three things. First, I benefit greatly from fellowship with other Christians. There is a spiritual connection that mutually strengthens us. Second, I look to the Word of God. The Gospels contain the very words of the Son of God, the Prince of Peace. Frequently, Jesus speaks directly about peace and where and how we can find it. Finally, I turn to God in prayer. For me, this is the most powerful avenue to peaceful feelings and hope that I can experience.
Set aside daily time for each of these doors to Jesus’ promise of peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.“ John 14:27