If we’re honest, we’re all searching for peace in this world. The question is, are we searching in the right places? Let’s look at what the Bible says about peace and how we can obtain it in the world we live in today.
Bible Verses about Peace of Mind
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
The key to obtaining peace of mind is to focus your mind on God. As this verse in Isaiah says, those who stay their minds on God will be kept in perfect peace by Him. Even while the world pulls your mind in every direction, stay focused on God. Focusing your mind on Him allows you to align yourself with His desires and with His plan for your life. This ultimately is what brings us perfect peace in life as His followers.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 (KJV)
The true peace of God is one that surpasses anything that we could ever dream of. As we search for peace in other places in the world, it is possible to find bits of peace here and there. We may find peace in other things, but the peace we find will be fleeting. It won’t be a godly kind of peace or one that truly satisfies or lasts. With God, through Christ Jesus, we can find a peace that surpasses all of our comprehension. God’s peace of mind is so great that we cannot even understand it.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6 (KJV)
When we become Christians, Christ makes us into a new creation. However, it begins a war between our flesh and our spirit. Galatians 5:17 says, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Here in Romans 8:6, Paul takes it even further and tells us that to set your mind on the things of the flesh is death and evil, but to be spiritually minded brings peace. It is essential and helpful to be spiritually minded when looking for peace of mind.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” – 2 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)
Sometimes, peace of mind is something that we create for ourselves or even destroy for ourselves. If we aren’t living in a way that is peaceful with our brothers and sisters, then we cannot expect to have peace of mind. We cannot ask God to bring our minds peace if we aren’t living in peace with each other. If you aren’t experiencing peace of mind, ask yourself where you may be destroying peace in your relationships. Live in peace and the God of peace shall be with you.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” – Isaiah 32:17 (KJV)
Righteousness is a peaceful virtue. Those who are righteous are peaceful. Think about people in the Bible that you’ve heard about such as Abraham who were counted as righteous. Were these people of violence or evil, or were they helpful people of peace? We often wrestle with ourselves in our minds and wonder why we cannot find peace. The key is to stop fighting and simply to accept God’s righteousness that He has placed on your life. The works of righteousness are peace, and they bring peace to those who practice them.
Bible verses about Peace and Love
“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” – Psalm 9:10 (KJV)
Peace can come when you put your trust in the Lord. Yet according to this verse in Psalm 9:10, you can only put your trust in the Lord once you know His name. Someone’s name is part of who they are. If you know someone by name, it means you know them intimately. If you’re struggling with peace in your life, get to know God through His Word and through your prayers. Once you begin to know Him and His love, you can put your trust in Him and begin to experience peace in your life.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” – Romans 5:1 (KJV)
One of the mistakes we often make is that we underestimate the power of what Christ did for us on the cross. Through His sacrifice and love, He justified us by faith by His sacrifice and brought us healing. Paul says here in Romans 5:1 that by that very same sacrifice, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul is saying that even though we are at odds with God because of our evil sin, Jesus’ new covenant through His love made it possible for us to have peace with God.
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” – Ephesians 2:14 (KJV)
Although we don’t often think about it this way, God Himself is our peace. In case you haven’t realized this, everything that we can do that brings us real peace in our lives is centered around who God is and how much He loves us. Since Jesus paid the price for us, He broke down the walls of evil between us and God so that we can now have access to His peace through the knowledge of Him. Take some time to thank Him for this and for the helpful love that He continues to show us daily by breaking down every evil stronghold in our lives.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” – Colossians 3:15 (KJV)
Having the peace of God ruling in our hearts and in our love is something that we have to let happen. If we are focused on being negative and letting all the negativity in our lives overtake what God wants to put in our hearts, we are never going to be at peace. In all things, be thankful for what He has given you, and let peace rule in your heart. Let it overflow in your soul and proclaim it by letting it affect the way you treat and love other people.
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
This famous blessing written here in Numbers 6 ends with an ask of peace. To me, this shows how pure peace is what wraps everything together. God loves us so much and He sends His blessings upon us, yet it takes peace reigning in our hearts to accept those blessings and to keep them the way we are meant to. Focus on having peace in your heart and pray that God gives it to you when you need it the most.
Bible verses about Peace in Hard Times
“For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:8 (KJV)
This verse in Jeremiah talks about those who place their trust and hope in the Lord. It describes them as trees planted firmly by the waters that are not shaken or destroyed by hard times or harsh climate. Is this you in your hard times? If you are searching for peace in the rough times of life, it is time to plant yourself firmly by the waters of God by placing your trust in Him and hoping in Him in your walk of life.
“I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; I will heal him.” – Isaiah 57:19 (KJV)
When we encounter hard times in our lives, it is absolutely essential to stay near to God. As it says in this verse in Isaiah, God sends peace to those who are far off from Him, yet He heals those who are near Him. Even if we are far off in hard times, God still sends us peace and brings peace into our lives. If this isn’t reason enough to serve Him and love Him, I don’t know what is.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 15:13 (KJV)
It is amazing to see how Paul constantly encourages the churches to which he writes his letters. Paul here is encouraging the church in Rome, hoping that God fills them with joy and with peace so that they will abound in hope. Are you encouraging people who are in hard times with a message of joy and peace? Are you being encouraged in your difficulties with a message of hope and peace? Take this encouragement from Paul and agree with him today, regardless of what you’re facing.
“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.” – Job 22:21 (KJV)
Again, we see that being near to God brings peace. Job encourages people to get to know God so that they will have peace in their lives. If you are searching for peace in your life amongst the anxiety, be careful not to forget the spiritual disciplines of spending time with the Lord. Acquaint yourself with Him and be at peace today.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
Although we usually associate the sacrifice of Christ with paying for our sins, He was also the price paid for our peace in our lives. The very cost of our peace was on Him and by the wounds He experienced, we can be healed and can experience peace in our lives today. If you haven’t bought into His free gift of peace and honor, what are you waiting for?
Bible verses about Peace and Comfort
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (KJV)
Perhaps the most comforting thought in the world as a Christian is remembering that regardless of what we face, Christ has already overcome it. Not only has He already overcome the world and everything in it, but He also made it clear to us so that we can have peace in all that we do. When you encounter mountains in your life, remember that Christ has already overcome them so that you may have peace. His faithfulness makes it possible for us to not worry about the future.
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” – Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)
Jeremiah makes it simple. If you would like to be blessed and find peace and comfort, trust in the Lord. Hope in Him for all things and He will guide you and bless you. When Jesus says to seek first the kingdom of God in Matthew 6:33, He is saying to place your hope in God and His kingdom alone, and all things will be added to you. This includes things like peace and comfort. When we are anxious and aren’t experiencing peace, it may be because we’ve started to make plans to build our own kingdom instead of God’s. Trust in the Lord and place your hope in Him and you will find peace.
“I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” – Psalm 85:8 (KJV)
When the Lord speaks, He often speaks peace to His people. Although God is often painted as a wrathful, vengeful God who smites those who get into trouble, He is also a God of peace and He wants peace for His people. In the midst of life, seek God’s voice in everything you do. It will bring peace that you cannot even imagine. Find comfort in His voice and in His presence.
“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” – Isaiah 57:20-21 (KJV)
Much of the Old Testament’s psalms and poetic writings hold some beautiful content of sadness over the fact that the wicked seem to prosper in this world while the righteous seem to fall. We see it today as well. There doesn’t seem to be a visible correlation between Christianity and success. Yet the key is in peace. Those who do not know God do not know peace. We can rest assured even when we see the wicked succeeding that they do not have the peace that we have. It can only be found in our God.
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8 (KJV)
In the stressors of life, the peace of the Lord can allow us to rest and be still because we know who we have as our God. His character and His love can allow us to safely live in peace and know that we are protected. Take comfort and refuge in His arms and rest safely in peace.
Bible verses about Peace and Strength
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27 (KJV)
Although we may search in worldly places for peace, we will never find the kind of peace that only God can give. Jesus is asking us here in John 14 to trust in Him and the peace that He wants to give. The Lord’s peace gives us the strength to face every new day and every struggle that might come our way. Let your heart be strengthened by it and let it not be afraid.
“And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.” – Micah 5:5 (KJV)
In Micah 5:5, the Messiah was prophesied about. He is said to be the peace for His people and to be their Savior. We know now that this is Jesus, but how often do we truly cling to Him as our Savior and as the source of our strength? Even when everyone was against Him, Jesus fulfilled His role as our great Messiah, and He is our peace still today. Find rest in who He is and what He has done for you and experience His peace.
“Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (KJV)
The Lord is called the Lord of peace here because when He is with us, we have peace. His very presence brings peace and comfort all the days of our lives. If you want that peace, James 4:8 tells us that we must simply draw near to Him and He will draw near to us. If His presence brings peace, we must simply place ourselves in it and we will live lives of peace with Him.
“The Lord will give strength unto his people; The Lord will bless his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11 (KJV)
The Lord gives strength to His people in times of need. That’s simply who He is. If we look at the attributes of God in Exodus 34:6-7, we see that God is a loving and helpful God who has compassion and shows grace towards His people. He is with His people in their lives, regardless of their struggles, and He gives strength and peace to those who need it. Rest and find peace in this truth today.
“And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.” – Daniel 10:19 (KJV)
In this verse, Daniel is seeing a vision of a man who touched him and strengthened him, speaking peace into his life. This man in the vision was Christ. Christ brings us eternal peace and strength whenever we ask of Him. He is always helpful in times of need. The question is, are we asking Him for it? God is a giver of good gifts, and He gives good things to those who ask Him. Whenever you are in need of peace and strength in your life, simply ask your Father in heaven.
As you can see, having peace in life is mainly about knowing the One who is peace, God Himself. Having a personal relationship with God and being able to sit in His presence through scripture and prayer is the true way to peace. We hope you’ve been encouraged by these verses today and we hope you can find peace in your Savior.