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“Christians, What Gives True Peace of Mind?” examines the Christian path to peace through faith in Christ, adherence to God’s Word, and trust in His promises. Learn how to tap into the everlasting peace that only Christianity offers, providing spiritual stability and a fulfilling relationship with the Creator. Experience the true peace of mind that transcends earthly worries.
In today’s world, genuine peace of mind seems like an unattainable treasure. Our lives are shadowed by threats from terrorism, forced migration, the looming presence of nuclear weapons, the financial strain of inflation, health challenges, and the pain of losing loved ones. These global and personal anxieties make peace of mind an elusive goal. But where do people commonly look for security and a sense of peace?
Many search for it in material possessions, believing that money and physical objects can provide comfort and stability. However, this approach has a flaw. Over time, the value of these material things can diminish. Even a wealthy person’s prized possessions, like an expensive wardrobe, can be destroyed by moths or stolen by thieves, stripping away the illusion of security and tranquility.
A Relationship with God: The Never-failing Treasure
The Bible provides guidance on where true peace of mind comes from. Isaiah, the prophet of God, likened the fleeting nature of material things to a moth-eaten garment but contrasted this with a relationship with the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, which offers lasting peace and security (Isa. 50:7-9).
Jesus Christ further emphasized the value of spiritual over material wealth. He encouraged his followers to focus on “never-failing treasure in the heavens” rather than earthly possessions, pointing out that true security lies in where our hearts are truly invested (Luke 12:32-34).
For Christians, spiritual treasures are of utmost value. Above all else, an intimate relationship with Jehovah, the Most High God, is the most precious treasure. The psalmist David expressed the joy of such a relationship and the happiness of praising God among His people (Ps. 25:14; 35:18).
The Importance of Proper Motivation
However, simply engaging in religious activities is not enough. A genuine connection with God requires more than mere formalities or routines. One young woman’s experience illustrates this point. Initially drawn to the people and activities of her faith, she realized that she needed to prioritize her relationship with Jehovah above all else. With time, support, and personal reflection, she found true hope and happiness in her relationship with God.
True Peace in a Turbulent World
True peace of mind and genuine security come from a close relationship with God. It’s not found in material possessions or shallow activities but in a heartfelt connection with the Divine. Despite the various challenges and anxieties of life, those who cultivate this intimate relationship with God find joy and contentment. This is the path to true peace of mind and heart in a turbulent world, and it’s a treasure open to all who seek it through faith and sincere devotion.
Do Not Be Anxious over Anything
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Phil. 4:6.
God, referred to as the “God of peace” (Phil. 4:9), is not affected by anxiety or mental distress. He maintains a perfect balance in His attributes, such as love and justice. He can see all outcomes and His power is exercised responsibly (Job 12:13; Isa. 40:26; 46:9, 10).
Those who worship Him should view this “God of peace” with tranquility and security, recognizing His ability to handle any situation.
Entirely Without Anxieties?
Though the worshippers of God are not completely devoid of anxieties (Ps. 97:10; Rom. 5:12), they have divine help to manage them. They may experience emotional distress, illnesses, or concerns over immoral behavior, among other worries (Gen. 26:34, 35; 1 Tim. 5:23; 2 Tim. 4:20; 2 Pet. 2:7). Yet, they can find relief in the peace given by God, encompassing welfare, happiness, and prosperity (Gen. 41:16; Mark 5:34; Luke 1:79).
This peace requires a deep love for God and His Word, compliance with His commandments, faith in Jesus Christ, love for others, and constant study of the Scriptures (1 John 3:19-24; 5:2-4; Josh. 1:8).
A Loving Father of Mighty Acts
Understanding God as merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and forgiving (Ex. 34:6; Ps. 86:5) relieves anxiety. Knowing that God, who is aware of our imperfections, offers mercy and provided the ransom through His Son brings comfort and hope (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6).
His mighty acts, such as freeing His people from Egypt and ensuring their victory over enemies, demonstrate His reliability (Deut. 3:23, 24; Josh. 23:1-5). This reliability reassures His people that He will help them deal with life’s anxieties (2 Pet. 2:5-9).
Make Your Petitions Known to God
Growing closer to God through study, meditation, and prayer helps develop a relationship with the “God of peace” (Phil. 4:6, 7). Examples from the Bible show that God has proven to be a loving and dependable “Hearer of prayer” (Ps. 65:2). Those who prayed to Him, such as Eliezer, Hannah, Hezekiah, and others, found their prayers answered (Gen. 15:2; 1 Sam. 1:4-28; 2 Ki. 20:1-11).
Worshippers today should confidently turn to God in prayer, knowing that He cares for them and provides guidance through His Spirit (Matt. 6:25; Mark 13:11).
Specific requests or supplications, emphasizing need and humble request, can be made to God, as seen in the prayers of Jesus and His disciples (Luke 11:2, 3). In times of great anxiety, both petitions and supplications may be needed, reflecting earnest entreaty, and acknowledging undeniable needs (Heb. 5:7; John 17:9, 10).
In summary, the teachings of the Scriptures guide believers to seek God’s help in handling anxieties, to deepen their love for Him and His Word, and to trust in His loving nature and mighty acts. By letting their requests be made known to God, they can achieve a tranquillity that transcends human understanding.