In a world where news of conflict and unrest seems ever-present, the idea of peace can feel discouraging, if not hopeless. As a Lutheran church nestled in the heart of Woodbury, Minnesota, we understand the importance of promoting peace in our individual hearts, in our community and across the greater world. We hold fast to the idea that lasting peace can become a reality, even if it begins with a single person. 

For centuries, humans have struggled to find the path to a better and more peaceful world. To spark some light in our current, challenging times, let’s delve into our enduring source of wisdom and comfort to explore verses that speak directly to the heart of peace. We need only read these profound words to find solace and guidance. 

Peace Comes in Many Forms

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What is Peace?

At its core, peace is more than the absence of conflict; it is a state of harmony and tranquility that encompasses our personal, social and spiritual well-being. Biblically, peace implies completeness, wholeness and fulfillment.

Peace in Our Lives

In our daily lives, peace can manifest in various forms—inner peace amidst personal struggles, harmonious relationships within families and communities and the broader quest for global peace and understanding. 

Scripture on Peace

There are many ways to find peace in the Bible. Here are some powerful verses as starting points. May they help you feel more calm, centered and optimistic:

Philippians 4:7

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

These words were Written by Paul to encourage believers in Philippi. They highlight the transcendent and protective nature of God’s peace. Let God instill peace within you so that you may use it as protection against doubt and conflict.

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, promising peace as a divine gift. As you look deeper into the concept of peace, distinguish between the peace offered by Christ and other forms. The peace that Jesus offers makes us stronger and gives us the courage to accomplish the impossible.

Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

This verse from Jesus’ sermon on the Mount highlights the virtue and divine blessing bestowed upon those who foster peace. Peace isn’t simply an ideal we strive for, it’s a direct connection to God. 

Romans 12:18

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”

In the book of Romans, Paul offers advice and direction to the Romans on how to live a more Christian life. His reminder here encourages us to take personal responsibility in pursuing peace with others. Be the one who seeks resolution rather than conflict.

Psalm 34:14

“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

In this Psalm of David, peace is correlated to the active pursuit of peace by shunning evil and doing good. When you’re uncertain of how to pursue peace, consider first how you can follow God’s will more closely. 

James 3:18

“And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Similar to the Psalm above, this teaching from the book of James equates peace with wise living. The act of peacemaking is, in a sense, a cultivation of righteousness. 

Psalm 29:11

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

Here, peace is attributed as a source of strength. Working for peace requires strength and fortitude, and it comes with its own blessings.

Isaiah 54:10

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

In this verse, the prophet Isaiah brings together the notions of peace and love in a powerful declaration that makes them synonymous. God is committed to peace so why shouldn’t we be part of His covenant?

The Church’s Role in Cultivating Peace

Several children add handprints to a painting with a peace symbol in the center.

King of Kings believes in actively fostering a culture of peace. By nurturing a supportive community, engaging in outreach programs and providing a haven for reflection and prayer, we promote peace through God’s word. We also recognize the power of collective action in promoting global harmony and encourage our congregation to contribute to worldwide peace through missions and other initiatives

Below are several organizations that work toward world peace. May they provide further insight into the peace process and offer areas where you can become involved:

  • Seeds of Peace – Organization that focuses on teenagers and youth as agents of change. Teaches skills and communication to work across lines of conflict.
  • Doctors Without Borders – Provides independent, impartial medical humanitarian assistance to the people who need it most.
  • International Peace Institute – An independent, non-profit organization working to strengthen inclusive multilateralism for a more peaceful and sustainable planet.
  • Unicef – Works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

Peace Be With You

As we conclude this exploration, we are reminded of the enduring power and relevance of the Bible’s teachings on peace. King of Kings keeps its doors open to all and remains committed to being a source of comfort and a catalyst for change in our quest for peace. 

If you’re looking for a faith-filled community striving to live and love more like Jesus, we welcome you. For more information, see our worship schedule or contact us. We’d love to hear from you!