Peace is a wonderful thing to possess and it's equally tragic when it's lost. Antagonistic environments seek to rob us of our peace. In conflict, even the most conciliatory of us find ourselves struggling to hold on to our God given divine equilibrium.
Jesus gave a solution. He said in Matthew 10:12-13, "As you enter the house, give it your greeting. 13 "If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace."
The world is in perpetual conflict. People need help getting right with God and with one another. As divine agents of reconciliation, we are to be "promoters of peace" wherever we go. In fact, Ephesians 6:15 says we are to "...shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
So, as you lace up your peaceful "kicks", please remember what Jesus said about unreceptive environments: (paraphrased) “folks who won’t receive your conciliatory ministry, don’t deserve your blessing of peace.” So, don’t let the “peace” thieves rob you. As you leave their presence, take your peace with you. Live right, live well...