“Let him who means to love life and see good days refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile. And let him turn away from evil and do good: let him seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:10,11. (NASB)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 (NASB)
These are ingredients for the good life, the blessed life. The beginnings are in the solid development of a personal relationship with God within the heart through a spiritual practice (meditation, contemplation, prayer, journaling, scripture reading and study, lectio divina…). I would also add the singing of “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” – in your heart, if not aloud. [See Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16.]
The intention behind the practice is also very important. Seeking God and godliness in Spirit and in Truth is foremost on the list. Exposure to the Presence of God is what we’re talking about here. Why? Because that creates a space for the inflow of God’s transforming, unconditional love. It is like sitting in the sunlight and soaking in the most potent and pure spiritual vitamin D. (D = Divine!) This is what it means to sit in “Grace” – the unconditional Love of God, and to let it change you, transform you further into His likeness. This is the first order of business if you want more peace in your life, or you wish to be a peacemaker. Peace is first received from the Lord.
A spiritual practice means you are simply showing up for work – God’s work, not yours. As this is approached, hopefully on a daily and regular basis, you’re then being put in contact with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God who will enable you to do what’s mentioned above – holding your tongue, keeping it from evil or from speaking guile. This process – in surrendering the Human finite will to God’s Infinite good will, through intentional spiritual contact with God’s presence – empowers you to turn away from evil and to do good.
It’s not about going into meditation so you can contact spirits or talk to “aliens”. That’s a good way to get not only fooled, but hurt, since spiritual realities are realities, and some of these entities who dwell beyond the normal range of our ordinary sensory apparatus are not all nice guys or “friendly space brothers”. Many specialize in deceiving and are extremely cunning!
However if you go into your spiritual practice with with the intention of a meet up with God, and only God, with a view to the sincere desire of becoming more godly, then you’re on your way to the highest and best.
As Jesus said, The Father will not give a stone to any child of His who asks for bread!