People have plenty of reasons to become frantic nowadays. Beachgoers frantically attempt to escape the rampage of shark attacks; apartment dwellers wildly attempt to escape the rampage of a fire; concert goers frantically attempt to escape the rampage of a shooter; and on and on! People everywhere are too familiar with experiences that could trigger one to be wild or distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion. What advice do the experts give us? Stay calm, keep a cool head, know the emergency procedures, etc. In essence, they are saying have peace and do not be afraid.
The peace that we are advised to have comes from within during external situations that are frantic and wild with fear. The experts agree that worldly peace is very much different than internal peace, but we live in a society that seems to harass spiritual qualities. What happens if we dare quote, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” People will frantically go about criticizing, causing conflict, and everything else to disturb the search for spiritual peace.
Everyone knows that the answer to the fear, anxiety, and panic that the external world causes is internal peace. Oddly enough, society seems to be on a campaign to discourage an internal spiritual focus. There is no shame in seeking a meek and gentle spirit of peace. It is a very personal solution to the harsh and aggressive violence of the external world.
The above quote is from John14:27 of the Bible.