In the Venn diagram of Real Peace, where “Jesus” and “Anything Else Peace-Bringing” overlap, holistic faith-ers should land squarely in the shaded center, indicating we’ve got real peace down to a science.
Because if you master the art of including Jesus in every aspect of life with artful contemplation and meditation, all worry should roll right off your back, right?
But then why do we stumble over questions like
- What does the peace of God mean?
- How do you get inner peace with God? and
- How do I ask God for peace?
It is because, in our desire to take on life and faith holistically, we sometimes inadvertently take on burdens we weren’t meant to carry. And as crazy as it sounds, finding real peace can be one of those heavy weights we shoulder.
What will it take to remember we’ve already been provided this gift and to roll ALL of our burdens over to The One who cares for us? Check out these Bible verses for peace and strength for this much-needed reset!
worldly peace vs. divine peace
“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), emphasis my own
Real peace is meant to hold steady and remain unchanged by circumstance.
But how often after tumbling a jagged-edged problem around in our rock tumbler of a heart do we say ‘I have peace over it.’? And it’s true. After enough time and contemplation, we’ve smoothed the sharp edges enough that we can carry the problem with us but experience far less painful, sharp reminders of its existence. That polished stone can even give us bragging rights of what we’ve come through and how much we learned. Even as we remain under its weight, we feel lighter and at real peace because we’ve come to terms with the issue. Often we’ll give God the glory, saying finding the peace of God is what got us through.
But did we really? Can we truly believe that learning to tolerate pain and endure its weight is what Jesus meant when he described the gift he was leaving us?
It can’t be. This is just how we’ve learned to achieve peace. Peace as the world gives, that is.
bible verses about peace and strength
These Bible verses about peace and strength should help us in finding the peace of God rather than the peace the world gives. If so, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of the gift Jesus describes in John 14:27.
scriptures, inner peace
Never retaliate when someone treats you wrongly, nor insult those who insult you, but instead, respond by speaking a blessing over them—because a blessing is what God promised to give you.
For the Scriptures tell us:
Whoever wants to embrace true life and find beauty in each day
must stop speaking evil, hurtful words and never deceive in what they say.
Always turn from what is wrong and cultivate what is good;
eagerly pursue peace in every relationship, making it your prize.
1 Peter 3:9-11 (TPT)
Though this certainly applies to peace with others, we see that following this wisdom also leads to inner peace. By seeking sacred in the everyday and treating others the way God does, we can rest in finding the peace of God rather than the DIY peace of the world.
Another way this passage applies to inner peace is that we are to avoid deceitful speech. This means even to oneself. I like remembering this verse when I speak truth to myself in daily affirmations.
Lord, you establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished you have done for us. Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)
Rest and gratitude are definite catalysts for peace. Recognizing that real peace is established by God on our behalf, puts our DIY efforts on hold. All our striving for peace is nullified when we come to know it is already ours!
being at peace with God
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 (NIV)
The Passion Translation (TPT) notes the strength of divine peace as, “peace that subdues”. This same level of calm is indicated in Mark 4:39 (ESV), where Jesus tells the wind and waves, “Peace! Be still!”. This peace that subdues is the same peace God offers us!
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. 1 Peter 5:7 (MSG)
Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (TPT)
Each of these translations is powerful in its own right. Because God cares for you, you can put your anxiety on him. Surrender yourself to him and be carefree, knowing though he is not worried, he is full of care. And once you’ve surrendered your worry, leave it there. Don’t pick it back up!
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
Though this impenetrable peace is beyond our understanding, finding the peace of God leads to holistic transformation and protects us from fear and worry.
Lovers of your law have much peace;
for them there is no stumbling block. Psalm 119:165 (NABRE)
When our hearts are prepared with God’s words, there is nothing that falls outside of or is too big for the covering of real peace.
“Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
Even in unimaginable circumstances, we can cling to God’s unfailing love for us and the real peace that is at the center of our bond.
finding peace with others
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 (NIV)
This reminder that we are called to be one could is encouraging, but for some a bit convicting. Finding peace with others can feel daunting until you remember the peace of Christ is activated in you. You choose whether or not to allow it to rule your heart!
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 (NIV)
Just in case that first verse leaves any doubt over who we’re supposed to be living with at peace, it’s EVERYONE. As much as it falls in our responsibility, we are to live at peace.
Resist revenge, and make sure that no one pays back evil in place of evil but always pursue doing what is beautiful to one another and to all the unbelievers. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (TPT)
Pursue doing what is beautiful. Toward one another, including those that believe differently than you.
But the wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable. It is filled with love and never displays prejudice or hypocrisy in any form and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness! Good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace. James 3:17-18 (TPT)
There are times we’re called to uproot false beliefs and seek justice for those without a voice, and it may require a lot of passion and fire. Even then at the root of the changes we desire, seeking peace with others is considered a wise and protective measure for ourselves.
Rachael Denhollander’s courtroom words against her abuser, Larry Nassar, are an incredible example of finding the peace of God inside trauma. Warning, this video could be triggering for some.
Taking time to sit with an issue and come to terms with it isn’t a bad thing! But when compared, the process of tolerating and enduring an issue versus surrendering it as we stand firm on an established foundation of peace, the later wins every time. Both are valid! But only the gifted kind begets more peace, a true grace upon grace (John 1:16).
“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” John 16:33 (TPT) [emphasis mine]
Did you catch that? The peace that is in the One who created all life and offers sanctification for all life is the same peace that is given to you. The peace that is in the One who is the beginning and the end, the One whom all details lie, the One in whom we live and move and find our being is in YOU.
I can barely fathom it, honestly.
At that epic level, there is no worry or doubt, only confidence. Even as I let every cell breathe in this holy truth, I doubt its possibility for any human. I don’t doubt God, I just cannot comprehend a peace of this magnitude. It truly is beyond understanding. Still, knowing a shared peace with Christ is God’s intention for us settles my soul. I can surrender and shuck off the weight of achieving gold-star earth mama peace. I can see that’s not my weight to carry. It is simply my inheritance.
As a review, here are the key points these verses provide us in our pilgrimage to real peace.
- Don’t retaliate. Instead, respond with blessing.
- Cast your worries on God and leave them there.
- Don’t compare yourself with others. Be carefree in God’s care for you!
- Love God’s Word.
- Rest in God.
- Be strong and courageous.
If we do not experience this level of lasting, perfected real peace here in our human form, we can count on it fully once we’re home! Until then, focus on the beauty and reconciliation work and lift one another up!