Peace at Bickershaw

 

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

 

In Jesus’ teaching ‘peace’ is an almost tangible element. It is his gift to his disciples. Paul describes God as the God of peace, the Christian message is called the ’gospel of peace’ and peace is one of the ‘fruits of the Spirit’.

You may have heard the word ‘shalom’ used for peace in the Hebrew of the Old Testament. It is a very close cousin of the Arabic word Salaam.  The Biblical concept of peace is not just the absence of war.  It includes peace with God, positive harmony and healthy relationships between people.  It involves spiritual as well as material security. Peace is a state of true wholeness, a state of well-being.

 

Examples of Bible stories that promote peace

   

Calming the storm

Peace on Earth

Matthew 8: 23-27

Luke 2: 14

Use the resource below to explore the value of Peace at home and school.