There are many who call on and try to emulate the method of what is commonly called the “person of peace” in Luke 10 I’ve often wondered if speaking peace over a house, into a house, or at a person was some mysterious key to initiating a secret evangelism process. In fact, let’s take a look at the whole passage:
Jesus said, “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’” Luke 10:3-8
Was there something magical in the phrase “peace to this house?”
Is it appropriate to use this phrase today? Why or Why Not?
What words, if any, would you use instead?