Peace is more than a feeling, more than a thought, and more than an idea. Peace is a gift from God and the basis of peace is our relationship to God and the relationship to ourselves.
“We are a flower quickly fading. Here today and gone tomorrow. A wave tossed in the ocean. Vapor in the wind.” In other words… Life is short — our time here is limited and we never know how long we will be here on the planet. So, we need to have peace with God by asking forgiveness, through obedience, repentance and surrendering it all to him, and live in harmony to have peace with one another.
When we live in peace with God, we are eager to make peace with others. We can both give and receive the gift of peace.
Peace comes from within and it begins with yourself. As Dalai Lama says, “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” However, some people create conflict because of lack of peace with themselves. When there’s no love, there’s no peace. When there’s no peace, there’s conflict. And you cannot have peace with yourself unless you love yourself.
Remember, God is the foundation of unconditional love. The key to love yourself is to accept who you are, be at ease with yourself, embrace the beauty in you and the uniqueness of you, cultivate your strengths and keep working on your weaknesses. Then if you do, you’ll feel — there’s happiness that resides deep inside of you. So, when you’re feeling happy, that’s where you’ll find peace within yourself.
In addition, we may say or ask ourselves. How can I truly have peace in crisis? In times of uncertainty, the secret of peace is to give every anxious care to God. The Lord Jesus promised us peace in crisis. Just hours before His own crucifixion, Christ comforted His disciples with these words, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
What is your worst fear? If you should have to face it, Christ will be there with you. Trusting Him through prayer makes available “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” and it will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).