The Bible shows us that when meeting people Jesus always greets them first with “Peace Be With You!” I did not give this that much thoughts at first until I come to read Paul’s letter to the Philippians that says: “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” (Philippians 4:6-7). Again, the word “Peace.”
There’s no doubt of this being a beautiful passage but I was baffled why Paul used the words “and the peace of God . . . ” after he said “let your requests be made known to God.” I thought it was more fitting to follow the words “let your requests be made known to God” with something like “and God will answer your requests and provide you all that you need.”
I later learned, however, that the word Peace also denotes abundance, riches, joy, comfort, health, etc. It was then I realized the great value of Jesus’ usual greeting of “Peace Be With You” to every one He meets either on the road, in the temple, at home, or wherever He goes to preach the Gospel. In saying “Peace Be With You,” which He says a lot, Jesus was actually declaring a life of abundance, prosperity, riches, joy, comfort, health, etc. to those whom He was addressing the greeting to.
Paul’s choice of the words “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” further showed the importance and value of the word “Peace” to one’s life. For he could have said a more inspiring word than the word Peace.
I believe I already knew, from experience, what Paul meant by “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.”
One night I was suddenly awakened from sleep and the first thing that caught my sight was the 32 inch TV on top of a cabinet fronting my bed – shaking. And so was the cabinet – shaking. But at the moment the thought of an earthquake appeared in my consciousness I peacefully drifted back to sleep, no feeling of fear or worries at all, as if I was being lulled back gently into sleep and though I was kind of asleep my consciousness was experiencing a sense of calmness and unexplainable peace.
My concern about the word Peace – frankly at the back of my mind I wished Jesus had been saying prosperity or abundance be with you insead of Peace be with you – has been further addressed when in reading the book “Poem of the Man-God” I come across a dialogue where Jesus said:
“I gave you My peace that I may prepare you to understand. Every perturbation is detrimental to wisdom, which is peaceful, as it comes from God. Perturbation instead do not come from God, because worries, anxieties, doubts are the work of the Evil One to upset the children of man and separate them from God.”
What a very loving way for Jesus to teach and make me understand why when He was still here physically on earth two thousand years ago He always greets everyone, “Peace Be With You!”