In the post, Right Here, Right Now, I shared a peek into this growing lesson the Lord has for me on peace. I shared how staying right here in this moment with Him brings peace. But like I mentioned, that was not the end of the story.
What started out as a distinctly difficult day turned into a week long lesson in “Eirene” (i-ray'-nay)
What is “Eirene”, you ask? Oh, a simple little Greek word meaning, “Peace”. (Strong’s #1515)
Rest, in contrast with strife, denoting the absence or end of strife. Denotes a state of untroubled, undisturbed, well-being. Such a state of peace is the object of divine promise and is brought about by God’s mercy, granting deliverance and freedom from all distresses that are experienced as a result of sin.
Not the kind of peace I experience when things are going smoothly, the chores are done, the toddler is NOT screaming, I have a latte in my hand and everyone fully understands, Phonics, long division and solving algebraic equations. Nope, that is not really peace, that is a rarity, my friends, and takes no effort to remain at peace on my part.
The kind of peace I am talking about is having that “undisturbed and untroubled” state of well being right smack in the middle of the storm or hurricane, depending on the day.
The Lord has been bringing scripture after scripture to my mind regarding peace. Funny, when He is trying to teach me something everywhere I turn there is another scripture, opportunity or story about PEACE!
Let the Word wash over you as your read the following scripture. I have added my own emphasis .
“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.” (John 16:33)
“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)
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Col. 3:15)
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Pr. 14:30)
. . . And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:7)
Coming up: digging deeper into the meaning of peace.