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Bible verses about peace

What does the Bible say about peace in hard times?

Even before COVID-19 there was so much to be worried about: climate change, terrorism, wars, personal circumstances. Now with a worldwide pandemic, lockdowns and so many deaths and personal changes, life can just seem overwhelming.

It’s important to remember that the Bible promises peace to those who trust God. And sometimes that means more than just reading the words and thinking, "that’s nice". It’s about reading the words, believing them and then acting accordingly.

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You may have heard of, or read, the Bible verses from Philippians 4:6-7:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

But read what comes before these verses in vs 4-5:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

And after in verses 8-9:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Along with clinging onto the promise of peace which "transcends all understanding", there are actions to take that will help you attain that peace: they seem so simple but can be so hard when you’re going through difficult times - but persevere!

• rejoice in the Lord
• give thanks
• pray
• think about good things

Read on for more Bible verses about peace.

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Calming Bible verses about peace

Taken from the New International Version Bible.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

John 14:27

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.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Psalm 119:165

Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

John 16:33

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.

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Psalm 34:14

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Romans 15:13

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.

Help bring hope to others

As you look to the Bible for your own peace, please remember to pray for the many vulnerable children we help support throughout the world. Not just that they will find peace, but they will also obtain the food and resources they need to live.