“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Most of us have experienced anxiety over a situation at some point in our lives. With that anxiety comes fear, stress, worry, and sometimes health issues. We lose sleep, don’t eat, overeat, perform bad habits, withdraw from others, lash out, and the list goes on. Fortunately, although anxiety comes easily, it is not necessary. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to “be anxious for nothing.” Nothing. Through prayer and supplication (petitioning) we can communicate our request to God and His peace will guard our hearts and minds.
For me peace is the difference in being proactive and reactive. It causes me to lean on faith, rather than circumstance and it allows me to move forward, rather than remain stagnant.
How to Have Peace
Like the scripture above teaches us, we can pray and bring our request to God. He provides us with peace in many ways. His Holy Spirit can lead us to make better choices, give us understanding of situations, and bring restoration to brokenness. And the presence of peace in our hearts and minds is a sign of the Holy Spirit given to us by God.
Peace from God
Let’s look at a few scriptures that tell us about peace from God.
- “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” -John 14:27
- The verses leading up to this one are words spoken from Jesus to His disciples about God giving us His Holy Spirit (Helper), which He has not given to the world. The Holy Spirit is a gift given to us who abide in the Father.
- Jesus tells His disciples that He is leaving them with peace (His peace) and He instructs them to not let their hearts be troubled or fearful. As believers and followers of Christ these words apply to us even today. We should not let our hearts be troubled or fearful of anything, because Jesus has given us peace and we have received the Helper (Holy Spirit) from God. There is no circumstance that He cannot see us through. We can be confident in the peace we have been given.
- When we feel troubled or fearful we should be quick to turn to God in prayer. Let Him know what troubles us. We should claim this scripture in our lives by thanking Him for His peace and His Holy Spirit, and ask for confidence and guidance to walk accordingly.
- Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. – Colossians 3:15
- “Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.” -Psalms 119:165
- In addition to praying to God for peace, we must live according to His word. If we are living for God, then it becomes possible for us to live in peace and nothing can cause us to stumble.
- Do you want to make decisions boldly, be confident, and live in peace with others. You don’t need a self-help book, or good karma. You need to work on living for God and loving His law. That will bring peace into your life.
- “…for God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” -1 Corin. 14:33
- “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.” -Psalms 29:11
- “I will hear what God the Lord will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones… “- Psalms 85:8
Peace with Others
“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” -Heb 12:14
Peace is not just something we are given from God for our own benefit. Peace among people is very important. As children of God we should most definitely seek to live in peace with one another. As we discussed in the love study, when the world looks at us, they should see a reflection of God. But we should also seek peace with unbelievers by being mindful of feelings, not provoking or jumping to judgement.
- “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” -Proverbs 16:7
- “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. “-Romans 12:17-18
- “…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” -Romans 14:17-19
How Can We Bring Peace into Our Homes?
It’s no secret that peace and unity within a family is important. But how does it happen? Is the legal bond of marriage or the bond of DNA strong enough to facilitate peace? I’m 100% positive that the answer is no. Fortunately, there are things that we can do to influence our homes and the people who live in them and create a peaceful environment.
- Pray! I’m sure you knew that would be first. Prayer is the number one thing we can do to bring peace into our homes. Pray for individual family members, the family as a unit, specific situations, and pray that you can be an example of peace…which brings us to the next point…
- Set the example. Do not provoke your children or husband in areas they are weak or sensitive.
- Be compassionate and patient with them.
- Show confidence in God.
- Pray together as a family.
- Be kind to others.
- Be quick to apologies and forgive.
“He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.” -1 Peter 3:11
As we grow spiritually, we become more like Jesus and less like the world. The godliness within us causes us to turn away from evil. We see in 1 Peter 3:11 that we must seek peace and pursue it. Look for opportunities to have peace, be peaceful and live in peace. Then work at it. We must lay aside our pride, our past, and our fears so that we can see the peace in our lives.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
As this study comes to a close, I hope that you will live a life full of peace. There are so many more scriptures on peace so please continue to search Gods word if this is an area in your life that you are seeking growth in. I pray that you will experience the peace that God has offered us. It is amazing what life changing things we can experience if we simply ask God. He is faithful. Enjoy the rest of your week! God bless!
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!”-2 Thessalonians 3:16