Peace is the concept of harmonious “well-being” and freedom from hostile aggression. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or heterogeneous (relatively foreign or distinct) groups (Wikipedia).
There’s actually a “Global Conflict Map” available on-line. It shows the locations of significant conflicts going on around the world. You can sort by region, type of conflict, current status, even the impact on the United States. Another site features a map that looks like it has the measles—every dot representing a conflict since the 1400s. The size of the dots indicates the number of deaths involved.
Yet another site, a YouTube© channel features a report on the 10 “wars” and 8 “conflicts” that are ongoing. In other words, there’s no end to the information about the “absence of peace” around the globe.
Every year at Advent a peace candle is lit. It reflects the hope found in the Prince of Peace, Jesus. The announcement of His birth included, “and on earth, peace, goodwill among men.” But that “goodwill” seems an elusive commodity. Even Jesus said there’d be no peace (by that definition). He says, “Do you think I came to bring peace? I did not, but a sword.”
But He did actually bring peace. It could end up being the definition of peacethat would include harmony and lack of conflict, but that would be a by-product of what Jesus actually brings. The peace Jesus brings is peace with God. He reconciles the brokenness that exists between humans and God. When that peace is obtained, there can and should be peace among believers. If we all had the peaceful mind of Christ, we would avoid all kinds of conflicts that plague our broken world.