Peace is freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility, calmness. Opposite of peace is anxiety, worry, agitation, fretfulness, fear. In this world, everyone wants to have peace. Everyone wants to have peace of mind.
A lot of things in this life militate against our peace-wicked people, terrorists, bills, school work, family issues, financial issues, difficult times, health issues; issues with our spouses, our children, co-workers, employers. The list is endless. The world itself has no peace and so cannot give us peace. Heads of States can meet a million times and sign countless treaties and pacts for peace and the world will still have no peace until Christ returns but there is one who can give us the peace that we desire and want; and not only give us peace but perfect peace-a peace in our hearts that is founded upon the Prince of Peace; a peace that is constant, unshakable and everlasting and that one is Jesus Christ.
We cannot count on a trouble-free world or a trouble-free life; that is not part of the human experience but we can still have peace in the midst of this unsound world full of troubles. This kind of peace cannot be afforded you by what you possess. Many have abundance of worldly possessions and yet have no peace. Many have little and yet have great peace.
In John 14:27 Jesus said to His Disciples- Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Jesus was getting ready to be crucified, to die a painful and excruciating death about 24 hours later after these words and yet He was comforting his disciples. Jesus knew the pain and torture that he was about to go through not many hours hence and yet He was so much at peace He was rather comforting His disciples. He knew they were sad, that their hearts were heavy, and they had unanswered questions. Like the disciples, we also have a lot of questions about why things are happening or not happening the way that we want it to but His word assures us that we can have peace even in the midst of uncertainties.
There are things that we can allow to destroy our peace-the pressure and stress we put on ourselves by comparing ourselves to others, looking at what others have and what we don’t have, stressing about things that are beyond our control, being restless about unmet expectations and desires, but Paul gives us a solution in Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Before you get to the place where you feel like giving up, when you feel like you are drowning-pray. Before you reach for that glass of alcohol to calm your nerves, before you get to the point of reaching for that bottle of pills, Paul says pray. Pray about everything! Big or small. And after you have prayed the promise is that the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart (against wrong feelings) and your mind (against wrong thinking) all of which disturb your peace.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace whose minds is stayed on you because he trusts in you. God does not say that He will change the circumstances but rather promises peace in-spite of the circumstances and regardless of how difficult or messy the issues we are facing. As long as you trust God, as long as you depend on him, as long as you live in His will, He will keep you in perfect peace. The first step to experiencing the peace of God or the peace that comes from God however, is to know Christ, to accept Jesus as your Lord and savior for we can have no peace apart from him. Peace is not the absence of external conflict. It is the power of internal security. Jesus offers us the gift of peace, we don’t have to work for it, He has given it to us for free. We just have to take it by remaining in Him and abiding by the word of God through the Holy Spirit.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 (KJV)