Shalom is translated peace in most English versions. The Hebrew word shalom encompasses more than calm rest, or free from stress as we normally think of peace. It means rest but also general well-being - prosperity, health, etc. Let us keep this in mind as we ponder scripture verses about peace.

Colossians 3:15 NKJV

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Paul, while exhorting the church at Colossae, encouraged them to allow God's peace to rule in their hearts. The Amplified Versionsaid "act as umpire continually"..."deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds.." Ponder that. If it is not of peace, leave it alone. If it is not accompanied by the peace of God, shun it. Proverbs 3:17 tells us that all of wisdom's paths are peace. We need to stop allowing ourselves to force decisions that disturb our peace. That is unwise and always leads to negative consequences. So, as we go about our daily affairs and pause from time to time to make decisions, let us remember to allow peace to decide all questions. Let peace rule. When something rules, it calls the shots. It is like an umpire. The umpire blows the whistle and decides when the game begins, who gets the ball and what direction the players move in. He stops the game when something was not done right, and starts it again when the problem has been dealt with. Just as the players allow the umpire to determine what happens, when it happens, and when to stop and start, we must allow God's peace to govern our lives. We should not act when peace is not present. If when we would normally sense peace, instead we sense a whistle that means stop, we should not proceed. We should move in the direction that enables us to feel God's peace in our spirits.