Defining Peace When We Have None

If you have been disturbed by current events, you aren’t alone. 

We’ve had weeks of images difficult to forget. Wouldn’t it be so nice to turn on the TV and find the world at peace, evil conquered, calm and safety reigning? Don’t we all wish to erase forever the heartbreak of endless sorrow?

Together we mourn. We weep. We ask how can such evil exist? Into the longing for peace, debates toss us into the fray of theories, policies and solutions. They hurl innuendo and blame, hoping to hit the root and kill the spread of such carnage. 

We divide even more.  

True peace is much vaster, deeper and greater than an absence of violence or strife. God has a lot to say about peace in His Word. In fact, some form of the word appears about 400 times. 

The Old Testament Hebrew word for peace, shalom  means completeness, wholeness, and soundness.  Its root word, “shalam” means making amends or making whole. 

Peace with God shattered when sin entered God’s perfect creation. It brought destruction and grief. We became broken, splintered, cracked, and shattered. 

In the New Testament “eiro,” the Greek root for peace, means to join or tie together into a whole.  

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:19-20 ESV

Literally Christ, through the shedding of His blood on the cross, brings those who put their trust in Him, back into a former state of harmony as though sin had not broken relationship with God. He is the Prince of Peace. 

The peace for which we long, this unity and wholeness which we desire, has been an ideal since the first sin split creation’s harmony. For thousands of years, people have tried all sorts of things through all different ways, to mend the vile actions that destroy us. But all of it falls short of true peace.   

These are days of troubled waters. Tumults fierce rock our foundations. As the body of Christ we must keep our eyes on the Master of the winds and waves.  

Permanent change can only come with personal transformation. 

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 ESV

When I see the devastation of the world we live in, the pain and the anguish of suffering, I am reminded again that Jesus is both our peace with God and our peace with others. 

Yes, we live in the tension of creation’s groaning under sin’s burden. 

For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now,” Romans 8:22 NKJV.

Yet, if Christ dwells in our hearts, we live in the freedom He extends. This is true peace which lasts for eternity. This is gospel shalom. 

Permanent change can only come with personal transformation. 

We can look for answers, improve how society functions, but let’s not remove our eyes from the heart issue. People need Jesus.

What is our part in proclaiming His name? What can we do to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ to every corner of the globe? How can our passion for Christ increase in purity and boldness?  

“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.” John 14:27 KJV

Relationship with the Savior brings overflowing peace into the brokenness around us. He is the One Who brings healing. Herein is wholeness. This is Shalom. 


*feature photo by Sunguk Kim on Unsplash

15 Replies

  1. Martin Friesen Reply

    Thank you for sharing Mrs. Schroeder. May you have a blessed day.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Thanks Martin! I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond. I hope your day is full of the peace only Jesus gives!

    • Nancy E. Head Reply

      Personal peace through personal transformation. And we are continually being transformed. Peace to you, Sylvia. God bless!

      • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

        Thanks Nancy! Transformation is only through Jesus, and I’m so grateful He doesn’t give up!

  2. J.D. Wininger Reply

    Very well said Ms. Sylvia. It isn’t a crime problem, gun problem, or mental health problem it is a heart problem my friend. In many cases, we have raised generations of children without to moral absolutes and values God’s word points us to. I couldn’t help but think of a bumper sticker I used to see years ago, “Know Jesus, Know Peace; No Jesus, No Peace”

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Well, actually you said it very well yourself!! I also am a fan of that bumper sticker, “Know Jesus, Know Peace; No Jesus, No Peace.” Thank you so much for your perspective. It is always a blessing to hear from you!

  3. Esther Reply

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful message with us. True peace can only come from a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ!

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Thank you for your comment. Yes and Yes!! Peace begins at the cross.

  4. Yvonne Morgan Reply

    Our world is suffering from a lack of Godly peace. It is a heart problem. I pray we can all be part of God’s revival here.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Yvonne, I’m so glad you mentioned revival. This is so very deep on my heart. I do believe we need God to move in the hearts of His people. Praying for revival beginning in the church!

  5. Annie Yorty Reply

    Sylvia, thank you for your post reminding us that the path of peace in troubled times like today is through Jesus.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Thanks Annie. I appreciate your response. I’m so grateful for this truth, Jesus is our Prince of Peace.

  6. Katherine Pasour Reply

    Your message is timely. We cannot have peace without Jesus. And, as you point out, we each have a part in finding peace, starting in our own family and community so that peace can spread from us as we spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

  7. Teresa A Moyer Reply

    One day we will see world peace, but it will not be till the Millinial reign of Jesus after the tribulation. Scripture warns us that evil will increase the closer we get to the 2nd coming.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      We certainly seem to be watching evil intensify. So grateful for the hope we have of much more than any earthly peace could offer. I am glad to know Jesus, Prince of Peace. Thanks Teresa!