Peace has gotten a bad rap lately. When you think of peace, do you think of a drugged-out hippie? A very unpeaceful protester screaming about the evils of war? Children holding hands and singing “Kum-ba-ya”?

That’s not the kind of peace God talks about. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom, which has to do with being whole and complete.

When Jesus came as the Prince of Peace, he brought shalom between believers and God—our relationship has been made whole and complete. Through the Holy Spirit, He brings inner shalom, a sense of being calm and at rest when He makes us whole inside. And His power makes it possible to bring shalom between individuals, to make our human relationships whole and complete.

Jesus tells us “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). When we lead people to the only true Source of peace, when we allow His Holy Spirit to fill us with internal peace, and when we work for peaceful relationships around us, God is blessed and so are we.

So how can you give peace a chance today?