Speaking about Peace and wishing Peace to our beloved ones and the whole world, it is a great thing. Our world and our lives would have been so different. History shows to us that this is not the case – not only today but since the beginning.
In the Greek language there are two words that correspond to Peace: Irini and Galini. We meet both of them in the Scriptures of the Bible – at least in the Greek original scriptures of the New Testament. I cannot be very sure how to translate them in English – whether there is really different terminology in English language – but I will try my best to explain it.
Looking in the Oxford Dictionary, I could present them as follows:
a) A situation or a period of time in which there is no war or violence in a country or an area.
b) The state of being calm or quiet.
c) The state of living in friendship with somebody without arguing.
HOLD YOUR PEACE/TONGUE
• To say nothing although you would like to give your opinion.
MAKE YOUR PEACE WITH SOMEBODY
• To end an argument with somebody, usually by saying you are sorry.
• The state of being calm and peaceful.
Peace (Irini) is more a situation, it is freedom from strife, it is harmony, it is amity, and it is reconciliation. Tranquillity (galini) is the state where somebody is calm, quiet, still, silent. I believe that both of them work vice versa. When there is Peace, we can be in a state of Tranquillity and when we have manage to keep Tranquillity inside us – no matter the circumstances – it is easier to bring and keep Peace in our environment and eventually into the World.
Jesus Christ told to us as it is written in John’s Gospel, chapter 14 and verses 25 up to 27:
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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.”
Jesus Christ was still living on earth and he was talking to his disciples. It is very important to remember that He is the one who left His peace with us, a peace that it is obtained only through Him and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit that lives inside each believer. It is not the world that gives this peace. It is this tranquility that exists inside us, given by Him and then as we project it out and practice its fruits, Peace comes around us, develops, enlarges and expands. As so many wise people have said, it is from inside to outside. We do reflect and create what we really have inside us, even in the darkest moments of our lives. Paul continues on this subject and explains what it means the phrase < I do not give to you as the world gives>; let’s read Philippians chapter 4 verses 6-7:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When we look for tranquillity and peace in the world, I am sure that there are a lot of ways to gain it. We will do our exercises, we will eat healthy, and we will meet friends and have fun and so many other ways. In time, we find out that these methods do work; however, it is a temporary solution. The permanent tranquillity and peace inside us comes from above, it surpasses all understanding. Have you ever felt a silence inside you, like you are empty in a pleasant way? When we are in that state the things that happened to us at that moment, externally, the stimulus we get, do not take that silence, balance, emptiness away. Why? It is given by grace and not by effort. It is from God Almighty and only by following Him, we will reach there. When we feel this tranquility inside us, it is so easy to respond in peace to any stimulus around us. Peace will come into the World in one year or one day? Probably No!
It is our obligation however to keep ourselves in peace so we can contribute to others and create a peaceful environment at our best. It is written:
Matthew 5/9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
Romans 14/ 19: “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
Enjoy the day and keep the faith, fight the good fight! Amen!
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