Peace. We use the word often. We talk about world peace; we wish others peace; we ask God for peace; we plead for arguing parties to just be at peace.
Typically, it’s a wish that gets expressed when there is tension, war, arguing, discontent. So, peace in these situations simply becomes the end of whatever hardship, turmoil or stress is upon us. In truth, peace is much more than that. It rarely depends upon mere circumstances and has a lot more to do with the condition of one’s soul.
When we share the peace of Christ with one another, we don’t naively anticipate an absence of trials – just consider the persecution Christ himself suffered on our behalf. Instead, when we wish peace on another person, we must realize that while the peace we extend may not eliminate others' troubles per se, we trust that it will empower them to transcend their difficulties via a deep sense of their God-given identity and purpose. This enables them to enjoy a centeredness that derives from Christ and provides them the single most effective antidote to the strain, discontent, tension, and hardship many live with from day to day. This is not a circumstantial peace, but a “soul peace.”
Today, I pray this deep peace upon you. Blessings!