Bible Quotes About Inner Peace and Peaceful Living
There is a devotional written a long time ago about two artists’ illustration of peace. One painted a scenic lake so serene that in it, the reflection of the beautiful mountains all around it could be clearly seen. Its clear waters also mirrored fluffy white clouds in a sparkling blue sky.
The other artist painted rugged mountains beneath a dark rainy sky with streaks of lightning. A gushing waterfall tumbled down the mountainside in front of a rock. On the rock, grew one lone bush on which a bird had made its nest, and settled in perfect peace.
The second painting was chosen as the better portrait of peace because, according to the king who gave the assignment, peace is not the absence of danger; it is the state of being calm in the midst of it.
The following quotes from the New Living Translation of the Bible help us adopt this healthy attitude toward peace within ourselves, and in our everyday interactions with others. They present principles and encourage habits which facilitate peace in our lives.
(1) Embrace Peace Principles
- Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you (Job 22:21).
- People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace (Proverbs 10:10).
- When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them (Proverbs 16:7).
- And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful (Colossians 3:15).
- Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:2).
- Plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness (James 3:18).
- Righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever (Isaiah 32:17).
- Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11).
- Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14).
- Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).
(2) Take Control
- So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace (Romans 8:6).
- Make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight (2 Peter 3:14).
- Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent (Psalm 4:4).
- Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad (Proverbs 29:17).
- God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9).
(3) Practice Obedience
- If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands . . . I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear (Leviticus 26:3, 6).
- Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble (Psalm 119: 165).
- But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm (Proverbs 1:33).
- Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea (Isaiah 48:18).
- Keep putting into practice all you learned . . . Then the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9).
(4) Trust in God
- You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3)
- In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8).
- The Lord is my shepherd . . . He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams (Psalm 23:2).
- The Lord will mediate between peoples . . . Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear (Micah 4: 3, 4).
- I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27).
- I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him (Romans 15:13).
- The morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace (Luke 1: 78. 79).
- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. . . Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 6, 7).
- May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace (1 Corinthians 1:3).
- Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us (Romans 5:1).
(5) Embrace Humility
- The lowly will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity (Psalm 37:11).
- But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others (James 3:17).
- Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation (Proverbs 14:9).
- Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! (Romans 12:16)
- Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace (Ephesians 4: 2, 3).
What type of peace presents the most difficult challenge?
© 2017 Dora Weithers