What is Peace? How Can True Peace Be Achieved?
Dear visitor, in this article we will talk about the concept of “peace”. Our primary source is the Bible, the word of God.
Blessed are the Peacemakers
Unfortunately, lately, the most striking and anticipated issue of our daily lives is the wars in different regions, especially in regions close to us. Especially in the last week, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the most important item on our agenda. We are watching conflicts, conflicts, developments that threaten human life, especially civilian life, in the regions near us. God is definitely the God who favors peace, not war. One of the most important qualities given to Jesus Christ in the Bible is that he is the Prince of Peace.
Among all these events and situations, the thing that makes me think the most is, “Is it very difficult to maintain peace?” was a question.
Jesus Christ and Peace
Happy are the peacemakers!
For they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)
Early in his ministry, especially after his trial in the desert, Jesus Christ paints his followers a very high moral standard in his sermon on the mountain. One of these commandments is specifically concerned with making peace.
Jesus Christ “Blessed are the peacemakers! For when he says, “They shall be called sons of God,” he is not telling us how to become sons of God. Rather, Jesus is simply saying that the sons of God are actually peaceful. Peaceful people will be recognized as sons of God and accepted into God’s house on the last day of judgment.
The promise of sonship in the second half of Matthew 5:9 also leads us to Matthew 5:43-45. Both of these texts describe how we can show ourselves to be sons of God.
You have heard the saying, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy”. But I say to you, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you. So that you may become sons of your Father in heaven. For He makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good; rains his rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:43-45)
Notice verse 45: “So that you may become sons of your Father in heaven.” The idea in the verse is the same as in Matthew 5:9. There we must be mediators to be called sons of God. Here, if we are to be sons of God, we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
Does It Make Sense to Adopt a Peaceful Lifestyle Today?
As human beings, we are relational beings. We are in constant interaction and communication with our environment. In fact, today’s social networking sites are the biggest indicator of this. Human beings feel the need to constantly interact with their environment, share their thoughts, evaluate others, and exhibit behaviors that involve relationships, such as following them. However, within this chain of relations, if we do not have a correct relationship with our environment, that is, if our relations have become a part of the Fast Food culture that consumes quickly and incorrectly; That’s when it will be really hard to achieve “Peace”. Because peace and well-being require a correct and positive relationship in environmental conditions. For example, if my relationship with my family is correct and good, then an environment of peace and well-being has been established within the family for me.
About two thousand years ago, the following dialogue took place between a scholar of the Law, that is, a Scholar who knew the Torah and Psalms very well, and Jesus Christ:
“When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. One of them, an expert on the Law, asked Jesus to test him:
‘Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?’
Jesus answered him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” That is the first and most important commandment. The second commandment, similar to the first, is: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The whole of the Law and the words of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
In the face of Jesus’ answer, how did the Law Expert think and what shape did his face take? Think about it, we are talking about a scholar who devoured the Torah, the Psalms and the entire corpus! He was probably expecting a more complex answer. But Jesus drew attention to a very important point:
Relations and Peace
One of the purposes of the Bible—the Word of God—is to show our relationship to God and those around us. If a person is both with God – the Word of God says: Love your God! If he has the right relationship – as well as with his surroundings – that is, love your neighbor! – then he will have real peace. But if there are problems in our relationships, if our relationship is broken, then “Peace” will gradually become impossible in our eyes and will disappear from our minds after a while.
Then we must ask ourselves the following question:
“Do we have the right relationship with God and our environment?”
Unfortunately, at this point, the Bible reminds us of a bitter truth: Great, great, great grandfather… our father Adam broke this relationship by eating the fruit of the tree that God called not to eat. When Adam and Eve were with God in the beginning, while walking with Him in His presence, eating the fruit; that is, by disobeying the Lord his God, he was expelled from the Garden of Eden. From that day on, we began to estrange ourselves from God. As a result of disobedience and the broken relationship it brought, this relationship had to be repaired again. That’s why someone needed to mend this relationship. Nearly two thousand years ago, the Son—Christ Jesus—restored this relationship for all who believed in Him by taking the human body and bearing the price of disobedience on the cross.
In Matthew 5, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the Sons of God.” If we begin to have a right relationship with God, we begin to become his true people. Happily for us, God is willing to reconcile us with Himself by opening a door for us through His Son. He fixed the broken relationship. If you again have a right relationship with him, that is, if you accept his Son, Christ Jesus, as your Lord and savior, then you will become his children.
But do you want to be His people, His children? Do you humbly accept His salvation? Do you want to achieve “True Peace”? You have the answers to these questions!
Let’s be peaceful.
May God’s eternal peace and harmony be with you!