- Worldly/common usage definition: A cessation from fighting or hostilities in warfare, freedom from quarrels or disturbance, a state of tranquility, calm.
- Scriptural usage definition: Strong’s concordance – eirēnē i-rah'-nay: To join or rest, To set at one again (i.e. to restore to true unity)
Scripture passages with questions:
- John 14:27 KJV Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
What is the difference between the peace that the world has to offer and the peace that Christ offers?
- John 16:33 KJV These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
What things did Christ speak to the disciples? How is peace related to Christ overcoming the world?
- Psalms 85:10 KJV Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
What picture does this passage put in your mind? How to righteousness and peace kiss?
- Philippians 4:6-7 KJV Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
How is peace beyond human understanding? How does this peace keep (guard) our hearts and minds?
- Colossians 1:20 KJV And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
How did Christ make peace through the blood of His cross? What does it mean to reconcile things to Himself?
- How has your understanding of true peace changed you?
- What is God revealing to you about peace?