15 Scriptures on Peace of Mind
By Whitney Hopler, Crosswalk.com
In a world full of challenges and stress, finding peace of mind is vital. Many pursuits can temporarily distract you from your concerns. But only a relationship with God offers true and lasting peace of mind. Bible verses on how to find peace of mind show you how peace is possible in any type of circumstance. Exploring these scriptures on peace of mind will help you find real peace, no matter what situations you’re facing.
What Does it Mean to Have Peace of Mind?
Peace of mind, from a biblical perspective, involves more than just relieving anxiety or stress. It involves your entire soul being at rest (2 Corinthians 2:13) because you’re trusting God (Isaiah 26:3) and presenting your concerns in every situation to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). True peace of mind comes from God, rather than from anyone or anything in the world (John 14:27). Not only does God give people peace, but “he himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). That kind of peace of mind is completely reliable in any circumstances.
You can find temporary calm feelings through any kind of activity that distracts you from your worries or relieves your stress, and there’s nothing wrong with those activities. In fact, it’s good for your well-being to enjoy relaxing activities like taking a nature walk, snuggling with your cat or dog, or sharing some laughs with friends. However, those activities aren’t enough to give you peace of mind. The only way to truly experience peace of mind is to place your trust completely in God to help you with your concerns. When you do, you’ll find a deep peace which “transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
15 Scriptures on Peace of Mind
These scriptures on peace of mind reveal how to find peace through a relationship with God:
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” – Psalms 29:11
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – Jesus, in John 14:27
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus, in John 16:33
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:13-18
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” – Job 22:21
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” – Psalms 46:10
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:1-2
“I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants – but let them not turn to folly.” – Psalm 85:8
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” – 2 Corinthians 13:11
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3 Biblical Ways to Cultivate Peace of Mind
You can cultivate peace of mind in your life in these key ways, which are based on what the Bible says about attaining peace of mind:
1. Focus on God’s reliability rather than on your circumstances. Lift your perspective beyond your circumstances to the God who can help you deal with them well. Don’t ruminate on your concerns since that will only lead to worry, and worry wastes your time and weakens your faith. Instead, focus on the source of all peace: God. Center your life around a relationship with God. As you do, you’ll notice the many ways God is helping you. Let your gratitude for that inspire you to trust God more, so you can experience more of the peace of mind he wants to give you.
2. Cooperate with God’s work in your life through his Holy Spirit. Peace is one of the “fruit of the Spirit” the Bible mentions in Galatians 5:22-23. The Holy Spirit will help you develop peace of mind as you cooperate with God’s work in your life. Whenever you say “yes” to what God is leading you to do, you open doors for God’s peace to flow into your life. My book Wake Up to Wonder presents research that shows how developing each of the fruit of the Spirit benefits people’s well-being. As I write in the book, the peace of mind that comes from God is known in Hebrew as “shalom” and means much more than the English word “peace” means. Shalom refers to complete well-being, with every part of creation existing in harmony with the Creator and thriving as a result. By working with the Holy Spirit, you can experience shalom – true peace of mind – with God, and that will also help you be at peace within yourself and with other people.
3. Keep seeking God’s help with your concerns. Stay in touch with God regularly and ask him to help you with whatever concerns you. Turn your worries into prayers. Rather than fretting about your challenges and stresses, talk with God about them, and trust God to help with each concern specifically. While you’re waiting for God’s answers, you can still experience peace of mind, because God will give you that as you trust him. You can’t predict how God will answer your prayers, but regardless of how God answers, prayer is always worthwhile. That’s because prayer helps you grow closer to God. In the process, your perspective aligns more with God’s perspective, so that when God does answer your prayers, you can see that he has answered in the ways at the best times.
Scriptures on peace of mind show that, in any type of circumstances, you can find true and lasting peace through a relationship with God. Not only will God give you peace, but he will actually be the peace you need in your life. The more you trust God, the more you can experience peace of mind – no matter what stressful situations you’re facing.
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Whitney Hopler is the author of the Wake Up to Wonder book and the Wake Up to Wonder blog, which help people thrive through experiencing awe. She leads the communications work at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Whitney has served as a writer, editor, and website developer for leading media organizations, including Crosswalk.com, The Salvation Army USA’s national publications, and Dotdash.com (where she produced a popular channel on angels and miracles). She has also written the young adult novel Dream Factory. Connect with Whitney on Twitter and Facebook.