Forgiveness and peace are best friends. Peace happens because forgiveness happens. That’s true of our relationship with God. Without forgiveness, we would never be at peace with God. Peace doesn’t mean placid. What Paul means by peace is the condition where relationships can be restored without interference, nothing getting in the way, like past or even present sin.
So, peace isn’t the absence of fighting, it’s the space to reconnect. It’s the freedom to know and be known.
So Paul says, “forgive each other as Jesus has forgiven you…And let the peace of God dwell in you richly!”
So, forgive each other and give peace a chance. Or said another way, don’t take the peace forgiveness provides for granted. Don’t stand still; move towards one another. Most of all move towards God.