by Jeff Lynn

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What's Involved in Making Peace: Is There a Problem? (7 of 8)
Series: Blessing Redefined
Jeff Lynn
Matthew 5:9
February 26, 2012

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In Israel you will incessantly hear people greet you and say goodbye to you with the word, "Shalom".

It's more than just "hello" and "goodbye".

It really is offering a blessing of peace upon you.
They are saying, "I want God's highest good for you."

They want you to be at peace with God and with your fellow man.

What is "peace"?

Peace: Rest; The absence or end of strife.

In fact, look at what Jesus tells His disciples during His final days with them:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27

He is contrasting peace with troubled and fearful hearts.

Peace indicates completeness and wholeness in every area of life including one's relationship with God, neighbors, and nations.

As it does in English, it can refer to either peace between two entities (especially between man and God or between two countries), or to the well-being, welfare or safety of an individual or a group of individuals.

I was asked a question last year on which I had to write an entire 20 page paper.

What disturbs your calm/shalom?

What disturbs YOUR calm?
What tends to bring chaos into your life?
What troubles you or tends to make you afraid?
Is it world events that are unsettling?
Is it awaiting a pathology report?

Perhaps it's people.

Could be that someone cut you off in traffic as you were listening to KBNJ and disturbed your "calm".
Could be that someone said or did something to you that was highly offensive and it disturbed your peace.
Could be that there is this major conflict you have with someone that is highly troubling to you that is making you somewhat fearful and anxious.

First of all, what is conflict?
Ken Sande, the author of The Peace ...

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