This is a tough year- we need Bible verses about peace and comfort now more than ever!
We’re halfway into the year, and I would not describe this year as peaceful. I would call it unsettling, stormy, fearful, out of control, and distressing. Which means I’m finding the need for God’s peace in my life like never before!
Having God’s peaceful mindset can give us the comfort and strength to combat all this uncertainty. He truly desires to relieve the pressures we are facing and replace it with His peace. I’ve compiled 12 Bible verses about peace to help ease any distress you may be experiencing.
What is the Peace of God?
The Bible describes the peace of God as having a spirit of serenity, tranquility, and contentment. It is freedom from any internal or external disturbing circumstance. Sounds wonderful, right?!
The peace of God is also a blessing we receive from God-
“The Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalms 29:11 (NIV)
We can also describe the peace of God as a restful and calm state that we can experience when we fully put our trust in Him.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
God is not promising to get rid of our problems. But when we fully trust in Him, He gives us His perspective of joy, peace and hope in any circumstance. Rest in the assurance that God will do what he has promised!
God is Peace
•God not only blesses us with peace, He is peace. Like all His attributes, peace is part of His character, it is His very nature. Paul ends Romans 15 with a wish for his friends: “The God of peace be with you all. Amen.” (v33 NIV)
•Isaiah 9:6 describes the coming Messiah Jesus with the attribute “Prince of Peace.”
•Paul tells us explicitly to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” While that may seem impossible- we all have worries-we are to turn our worries into prayers. The result is-
“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (bolded for emphasis)
Don’t you love this word picture of God carefully guarding our hearts and minds?! We can’t fully understand it, but He promises it, and His promises are true. Like a soldier standing guard at his post, God’s peace nature protects His children.
He gifts us with a gift of inner peace- the exact opposite of anxiety– when we give our cares to Him.
Related Post “Why Do We Worry?”
How Do We get Peace From God?
Because God’s character and essence is peace, we can experience His peace when we move closer to Him.
“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8a
What a beautiful promise! When we move towards Him (through prayer, worship, reading His Word); His peace transfers and infuses into us.
As our knowledge of Jesus grows, so does our relationship with Him. 2 Peter 1:2 (NLT) encourages us in this buildup of knowledge and trust:
“May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2)
Our minds and spirits develop a restful, calm faith in His power, and it is that which covers us with His peace.
It is our choice to either trust in His promises of peace or rely on ourselves and emotions to rule us. Paul knew the struggle was real for the disciples. It is still a struggle for us today. Paul’s strategy was to “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.” Colossians 3:15 (NLT)
When conflict and trials come, let Jesus’ peace win out and rule over our fears.
Peace as a Fruit of the Spirit
The Bible gives us another way to experience His peace- as a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…” Galatians 5:22a (NIV)
The Spirit within us produces these virtues in our lives. They differ from the gifts of the Holy Spirit; those are specific to each of us. Since God gives all of us the fruits of the Spirit; we all have the gift of God’s peace!
This gift is a multi-faceted, supernatural peace. We have peace with God through Jesus’ sacrifice. And God gives us peace of mind when we hand over our cares to Him.
It’s a peace that the world can never give us, and the circumstances of the world can never take away from us either! His peace is present in the trials and storms of our lives.
Choose faith over your fear, stand on the promises of God, and remember who He is. Then you will experience His peace.
He also gives us an amazing promise of perfect peace that we can experience daily.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
This promise of being kept in perfect peace comes when our minds are “stayed on” Jesus. Some versions use “steadfast” which means being committed, devoted, and dedicated to something. Yes, it will take some work. But what a blessing we receive when we do!
Fixing our eyes on Jesus and grounding ourselves in him will bring a constant, unshakable and certain peace in our lives. ♥
Bible Verses about Peace and Comfort
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” John 14:27 (NIV).
Jesus’ peace is a gift ( “I give to you”) of total well-being and inner rest of spirit. It is a calmness and confidence in who He is. Unwrap the gift!
“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) (bolded for emphasis)
Notice the contrasts? It reminds me of the saying “Know Jesus- Know peace. No Jesus- No peace.”
Our peace is in Christ alone. The world would love for you to believe that God’s blessing of peace is not enough. But being fixed on Christ and His peace within you is the only lasting and true peace in a troubled world.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Our God of peace is also a God of love. We can be at peace when we come to God and “cast” our anxiety on Him. Place your anxieties at His feet and walk away. Let Him take them from you. Feel His comfort and reassurance that will bring a sense of peace and calm to your soul.
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)
This was Paul’s prayer for the disciples who were experiencing hardships and persecution. Paul reassures them that God will bring true peace at all times and in all circumstances. He will do the same for us today. Pray it for yourself!
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Are you experiencing a season of weakness, brokenness, chaos or distress? The Enemy would love for you to stay there, focusing on all the trouble, and feeling stressed.
The above verses give us some very real and achievable ways to have peace no matter what is swirling around us! Remember:
•His Peace is a blessing and a gift to you.
•Turning worries into prayers brings peace.
•Fixing our eyes on Jesus through prayer, worship and Bible study develops a calm, restful trust in His peace.
•The Holy Spirit is within us! His virtue of peace is present deep in our soul. No one and nothing can take it away from us.
•Handing over our worries and fears allows us to exchange them for His peace.
If a verse especially spoke to you today, I would encourage you to write it out, put it on your phone, or mark it in your Bible. “Write it on your heart” so you will always have it near in times of need.
Life is hard right now! Help me draw near to you and keep my eyes on you, not my circumstances. Fill me with your peace and let it wash over me. Remind me of these truths from your Word when I am not at peace. You promise us your perfect peace; help me trust in you and combat the lies of the world with your Truth. Come close and stay with me, Jesus. I want to rest in your love and peace. Thank you for being our refuge and strength; an ever-present help in our hard times. We love you, Jesus! Amen.
Blessings of Peace!