Did you ever get stuck on a word? Like an easy word that is common to us and we use it all the time? We even quote it like a band-aid, but what does it really mean.
I have been studying the book of Ephesians for a beautiful group of women that I am teaching, and I came to the word peace. Verse 1, Grace and Peace to you. How many times do we say “I’m praying for peace, or I need peace”. As I read and stopped, I asked, what really is peace? How do you describe it?
I was able to easily look it up in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, and in my Keyword Study Bible:
1515 eirḗnē (from eirō, “to join, tie together into a whole“) – properly, wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace(God’s gift of wholeness).
Thayer’s Greek Definitions defines peace as: exemption from the rage and havoc of war
Holman Bible Dictionary defines peace as reconciliation with God and salvation in the fullest sense.
So when we are saying or asking for peace, we are saying or praying God’s wholeness. Doesn’t this put peace in a whole new level for you? It isn’t about a warm feeling or being happy all the time. It is about wholeness. Peace to you is reconciliation with God to you, and stop warring within.
Wouldn’t you like to have the war within you to stop?
Paul was praying for the church in Ephesus to be in God’s wholeness. To hae the fullest sense of salvation! What a great prayer we can be praying for our family, spouses, leaders. etc.
But it made me think and ask, what does it mean in English?
I looked it up in my new favorite book: A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. But on page 336 where the word should be defined, it says – Peace: see Pact.
The word peace isn’t in our English Language. Let that sink in for a bit.
Peace began with God, not in our English Language.
So we had to find a word that meant similar; Pact.
Guess what the word “Pact” is defined as?
It has Latin origin meaning a contract. an agreement, to agree, to fasten, fix; to bind
Hold it! Did you see that?
Let it sink deep into your spirit and heart.
When Jesus is telling us “My peace I give to you”, He is saying “I am making a contract and binding my “peace”, my wholeness, my completeness, my salvation in the fullest sense to you. My reconciliation with My Father to you. Peace.
My prayer for you today is that you experience His wholeness, completeness, that you feel the binding, the fastening of His salvation to you.