We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Lindsey Strickler.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
We’re going to get a little nerdy today, but trust me, it’s super worth it.
When we dive in to what the Bible says about certain topics, it’s easy to take words at their face value, or apply them in the context of our current times. But the Bible wasn’t written in the 21st Century, or in English, or in the Western World.
Because of that, it’s important to do something called “word studies” to learn what the original context and meaning was. So for us this month, “Peace,” the English word we have for “freedom from disturbance; tranquility.” Is the closest translation we have for the Hebrew word, “Shalom,” and the Greek word, “Eirene.”
The Bible Project has created some amazing resources for word studies and we’re going to watch the one they did for Peace, today:
“True peace requires taking what was broken, and restoring it to wholeness.” That’s powerful. That’s “the rich, Biblical concept of peace.”
Father, being at peace is not being without discomfort, it means being whole. There are aspects of my life that have not been made whole yet. Please show me what it looks like to restore these broken areas. Whether it’s a way I view the world, an aspect of how I’m living my life, a relationship, or something in the community around me. Open my eyes, and show me how to restore your Biblical peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Take some time journal and reflect on the definition of peace outlined in the video. Some prompt questions are:
- How does this understanding change your perspective on peace?
- Does it impact how you seek peace in a certain area of your life?
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