Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
—2 Peter 1:2
A greeting of “peace” appears near the beginning of all but four New Testament letters.
The God of peace gives you gifts of peace. Here are four of them …
The peace of justification: “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
The peace of reconciliation: “God was pleased … to reconcile to himself all things … by making peace through his blood” (Col. 1:19-20).
The peace of assurance: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).
The peace of hope: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” (Rom. 15:13).
Peace is not just the opposite of anxiety;
it is the absence of anxiety.