When I think of the phrase, peace of mind, I picture someone with clarity of thought and calm resolve going through a category five hurricane. I see someone with no fear because God is with them at all times. Miriam Webster defines peace of mind as a feeling of being safe and protected.
You are here because you want to know how to find peace of mind, and I’m here to tell you that it is found in knowing God. Finding peace of mind is possible when you know who you are and what he has to say to you.
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What does it mean to have peace of mind?
What does peace of mind mean? When you install a security system in your home, you have greater peace of mind. While driving through an area high in crime, locking your car door and turning up the windows is usually enough to put your mind at ease.
If I asked you to define “peace of mind”, many would think of someone who experiences no anxiety. Others may think of mindfulness, meditation, or yoga.
Finding peace of mind is possible if your life is free of stress or worry. However, as humans, this is not a possibility, is it?
These earthly solutions have little to do with absolute peace and proper security. To have true peace of mind, you need to connect with God.
The mind is the place that tells the body what to do. It stores all the memories and instructs your body parts to move and react. It is in control. Someone once said it’s impossible to change your feelings without changing your thought pattern. This is why negative thoughts can affect your peace. To have peace of mind is to fully tune our minds to the ONE that can give us perfect peace, God.
What does the Bible say about peace of mind?
The Bible talks about peace and the mind, but “peace of mind” is found once. Paul once expressed having no peace of mind over a brother (Titus) that couldn’t be found, and it’s translated as having no rest in the spirit. (2 Cor 2:13 NIV)
Many of the authors, God-inspired and used to write the Bible speaks of the peace that passes all understanding. Others wrote about being at peace with God and having the peace of God.
Paul, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, recognized the importance of the mind and tells us one of the fruit of the spirit is peace (Gal 5:22). Isaiah tells us about the perfect peace we can have if our minds are fixed on Christ. Peace is a weapon that can be used against our enemy, and it is within your reach. Peace, just like joy, is already a part of who you are as a believer in Christ. The mind or heart needs to be controlled because thoughts turn into actions, and actions cannot be withdrawn. Peace comes by knowing God and allowing his Word to find its root in your mind.
Bible verses about peace of mind
Many passages show the power of finding peace of mind through God. Look at what God has to say through scriptures on peace of mind.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
The mind is the battlefield and taking control of your mind is a powerful tool to combat negative thoughts and lies that take away your peace of mind. One key point to take away from this verse is making every thought obedient to Christ. This means there will be some thoughts that are lies, others will go contrary to what God’s word says and led you astray. Making every thought captive will be a lifelong process but it is possible if you do it moment by moment.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
Instead of focusing on your problem or allowing your thoughts to run with wild abandon, saturate your mind with God’s word. Focus on God. If you are tempted to think about things that are not lovely, remind yourself of God’s love. Think about God’s goodness, his mercy, and His grace through every trial you may face.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
This verse is a powerhouse, the verses preceding it encourage the believer not to worry and give other examples and tips you can use to put your mind at ease and trust in Jesus. This peace that God promises will bring wholeness and well-being not just to your heart or mind but your entire body. To have peace when turmoil surrounds you surpasses all understanding. This is what God has promised.
Verses about peace in hard times
When you look around today the saying, no news is good news is rare to hear. So many things are happening, many of us turn off the TV and unplug from social media. It seems as though bad news just keeps coming. If it’s not a pandemic, it’s a natural disaster, and everywhere we look the signs of the time rears their head. What does God say to us during times like these? What bible verses on peace of mind can we cling to?
“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.” John 16:33 (NIV)
In the verse before this one, Jesus knew the time would come when he would stand before the rulers of this earth alone. And even then, he knew that God- The Father would be with him. This was the first time the disciples fully understood what Jesus was always trying to tell them. The encouragement he gave them can be applied to you today. God is with you as you walk through this hard time and Jesus has overcome. Don’t let your circumstances get you down because you have a bright hope and future in eternity. Jesus invited the disciples to have peace and remain calm because he has already won.
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. John 14:27 (NIV)
Jesus knew what was ahead. He knew what he came to do and yet he was filled with peace. Having peace of mind doesn’t mean there would not be conflict and difficulty but knowing that God will be with you so you can walk without fear.
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 (NIV)
This verse begins the benediction as Paul ended the epistle. It was written to encourage and strengthen the brethren as they stood firm in the faith while facing persecution.
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Tips for finding peace of mind
Now that you understand the importance of seeking peace of mind in God alone, here are 4 tips for finding peace of mind even in the midst of the chaos.
Each time your peace of mind is threatened strike up a conversation with your God. Speak to him and then listen for him to communicate with you. God hears all your prayers and he always answers. It may not be the answer you were hoping to receive but you can trust his plan.
Read your Bible
God communicates with us through his Word. When you don’t know what to do about circumstances you are facing, God’s word has the answer. David, Sarah, and others didn’t have the full Word, but you do. There is no new revelation, everything God wants us to know is found in the Bible. And when it comes to finding peace of mind he didn’t leave us without help. Read the Word and let God speak to you through it.
Bask in nature
Allow the beauty of God’s wonderful creation to put your mind at peace. If you think of something other than your problems you have successfully cleared your mind. Why not look at and breathe in nature, talk a walk, go to the ocean, look up at the starry sky or study an animal. Put God on your mind by looking at his handiwork.
Take care of your temple
The body you have is the only one you get. God wants you to take care of it because he resides within you and you can’t love Him or others without taking care of yourself. Get as much sleep as you can. Take time to relax. Eat right. Take breaks from social media if you use it. I think you get the picture. Your body is the temple of God, treat it as such.
Find peace of mind in the Lord
When peace of mind is absent, in its place is usually anxiety. Life is not a bed of roses and there will always be times of anxiety or negative thoughts that cause us to feel overwhelmed. During those times turn to God, he is always there and never too far away. If you would like to know more about finding peace of mind or replacing anxious thoughts, sign up for my free 5-day challenge of breaking free from anxious thoughts. https://small-frost-2816.ck.page/56580ae551
This is going to be a lifelong process but with God’s help, it doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Memorize the verses discussed, meditate on them and utilize the tips given whenever you need peace of mind.
Keneesha is a wife, mom, and writer with an MA in Biblical Counseling because she believes in the sufficiency of scripture and its transforming power. She enjoys encouraging Christian women to grow spiritually and become more like Christ. Find her at https://keneeshaliddie.com and sign up for her free spiritual growth guide.