We talk a lot about peace in this season. “World peace,” and “peace on earth,” are two common themes. I think (I hope) that despite our differences (and we have many), most of us just want everyone to get along. That’s why we’re so drawn to songs calling for a more peaceful, loving world.
Isaiah 9:6 called the coming Messiah the “Prince of Peace.” In John 14:27, Jesus teaches us to be peaceful and to live light-hearted and without fear. Jesus is speaking here about personal peace.
It is much easier to wish for world peace than to find peace within ourselves. Hoping for world peace takes the “burden" off our shoulders and places it squarely on the heads of world leaders and humanitarian organizations. I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking along these lines: “it would be nice of someone would restore that 'world peace.’” (As if “world peace” is controlled by a switch just waiting to be flipped.)
Peace is personal. Peace begins with each and every one of us first making peace with ourselves. Whatever we’ve done - or not done - we must forgive ourselves and we must know that despite our imperfections, we are Divine Perfection in God’s eyes. After we find peace within, we ease into ‘being’ peace with other people - no matter how alike or different from us they may be.