8 Verses to Pursue Biblical Peace in Every Circumstance

It is amazing how we define peace. We define peace as freedom, calm, relaxation, harmony, and undisturbed. However, Google defines peace as: freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. However, the Hebrew Bible defines peace in a different perspective. Instead of wishing peace onto someone meaning that you hope that nothing negative comes in their way… it means that you hope that good things are coming.

There is a difference between biblical peace and worldly peace. Worldly peace is when we have everything going our way. However, biblical peace is completely different from what the world gives. Jesus’ peace passes our understanding; it changes our perspective and makes us peaceful when the world says we should be upset.

We tend to twist the outlook of peace. The Bible does not use the concept of peace to focus on the absence of trouble. Biblical peace is not related to the circumstances. We are able to experience peace even when we face trials and suffering. We have the choice to pursue biblical peace despite our circumstances. We can choose to stop allowing ourselves to get upset, frustrated, and aggravated when things are not going our way.

Personally, I have always used the excuse, “I can’t help,” in the midst frustration. We tend to blame the problem based off a bad childhood, a lack of education, an individual’s personality, or an individual's nationality because all of these things create who we are.

However, God says that we have the ability to help it because he is the one who offers peace. It is important that we realize that we have the responsibility and ability to not let our hearts be troubled or afraid. We will never break away from what we are struggling with until we take responsibility for where we are in this exact moment.

Paul speaks about being content in all circumstances. He was the example of a man who experienced biblical peace while he was in jail at Philippi. Paul continued to sing and praise the Lord regardless of his circumstances. He didn’t allow himself to have a bad attitude while he was in jail. Instead Paul continued to preach to the people in jail. He never stopped reflecting Jesus Christ within his life onto others. Paul remained at peace even through pain and suffering.

Here are 8 verses that we can use as we pursue biblical peace:

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:7
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’
— Matthew 11:28-30
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
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
— 1 Corinthians 14:33
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
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7
Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
— 1 Peter 3:11
‘I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.’
— John 16:33