The notes on my Bible say, "Peace is not assured to all, but only to those pleasing to God."
I had only thought that the passage wished peace on earth. I thought it was interesting to notice that peace was only wished to the people who are pleasing to God.
I think peace is underestimated in our society. We talk about peace, as in the opposite of war. However, we tend to overlook inner peace.
When making decisions, people are often told to go with their gut or follow their heart. I think what we really should think about is peace. Whether the situations in our life are easy or difficult, peace is what we should strive for.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus," Philippians 4:6-7.
This is one my favorite verses about peace. It doesn't matter what we go through, when we do what is right we have peace. To me, there is nothing better than that sense of contentment and calm inside when God gives me peace amidst all circumstances.
I think we need to stop following our heart, and start leading it. Look for peace, because we don't need anything else.