with Karl Faase
What does the word peace mean to you? For many it's the absence of war or conflict, for others it's the tranquillity of the bush or the ocean or the face of a sleeping baby.
Maybe right now, peace is a world without coronavirus.
The definitions differ, but we would all long for peace.
How do you find peace in a busy and strife-torn world? And what about our own internal difficulties and tensions which rob us of peace?
Jesus promised peace. In John 14:27 He said: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
However, considering all the terror and strife that surrounds us, that promise might seem impossible to achieve for many.
Jesus understood peace in different terms than what we do. In English, peace means the absence of war. For Jesus, peace was considered more from a Hebrew perspective.
In Hebrew, the noun shalom or peace has the more literal meaning of being in a state of wholeness or with no deficiency.
Jesus does not give us lives without tension, but He can give us internal wholeness and peace with God. While it may be difficult to experience external peace, we can know an inner calm built on believing in and living for God.•