Bible Verses About The Key To True Inner Peace

I’ve got the peace that passes understanding
Down in my heart, (where?)
Down in my heart, (where?)
Down in my heart,
I’ve got the peace that passes understanding
Down in my heart, (where?)
Down in my heart to stay.

Excerpt From “I’ve Got The Joy” by George W. Cooke

This happy Sunday School song rings in my head from my childhood as I write this. I remember singing it at the top of my lungs with Mrs. Buckley asking us “where?” right in sync with the words of the song.

Bible Verses About True Inner Peace

Over the years there have been times when I allowed true inner peace to elude me. In times of uncertainty, times of loss, times of conflict. Times when I forgot that I can still have great peace in my heart even when there is no external peace to be found.  

The Source Of True Inner Peace

God’s peace doesn’t have to do with the perfect life, and it doesn’t guarantee freedom from stress or conflict. The peace of God doesn’t have to wait until hard times end or there is a complete absence of conflict. 

People look for peace in all kinds of places and ways, using many methods, sometimes thinking they’ve found their peace, only to find it disappearing as quickly as it came. 

The key to true inner peace of God is not found in our behavior or in our situation. In fact, the source of peace is found in letting go of control over what seems to matter and submitting our lives to the One who holds the key to perfect peace – Jesus Christ. 

The peace of Christ truly does pass all understanding. Inner peace can abound even in the least peaceful surroundings because it is placed in the hearts of those who trust Jesus with everything. God’s peace reaches out from our hearts to every part of us and is often noticed by others as “something different about her” to others. 

Powerful Bible Verses For Inner Peace

Let’s start by previewing a few of the Scriptures that are in this 30-day Bible reading plan. You’ll find a free downloadable copy of the full plan at the bottom of this post. Bible verses are from the Holman Christian Standard Translation unless otherwise noted. 

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. 

John 14:27

The peace of God is vastly different from the temporary peace we get from things of the world. Jesus told His disciples that He was leaving them a Helper who would teach them and help them to remember all that He had taught them.  When He rose to heaven, He left us all the Holy Spirit to dwell in anyone who believes and trusts in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is now our teacher and the giver of perfect peace.

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.

John 16:33

When the time came close for Jesus to sacrifice His life on the cross, He spoke clearly with His disciples. He told them He knew they would scatter when He was captured. The suffering that they so feared would come anyway, but they were to have courage because He had already conquered the world.

We must realize that He was speaking to us, too. The world is a fearsome place, but the God of peace is always in the midst of the conflict.  Knowing that Jesus has overcome the world, we can be courageous to continue to do His work. 

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

Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

Paul tells us in this passage that we should allow the peace of Christ to rule our hearts. When he speaks of us all being members of one body, he is referring to the body of Christ, which is the Church.

The Church is the bride of Christ, and as believers, we are a part of that church; therefore we are called to work together as parts of the human body, to accomplish His purposes for each of us. When we are working together in faith, God’s peace will rule in our hearts. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 

Galatians 5:22-23

This Fruit of the Spirit results from trusting God for everything – with the happenings of every day, and even with our very lives. This fruit is evident in the life of the believer because whatever kind of fruit we are bearing tells others what we believe.

Matthew 7:16 tells us that we will know false teachers by their fruit because good fruit does not come from rotted or diseased trees. So then, we will be bearers of nothing but unhealthy fruit when we learn wrong beliefs from un-Biblical teaching.

You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.

Isaiah 26:3

​When our minds are focused only on our mighty God, how can we be anxious or worried?

As children of God, we can trust that the God who created earth, seas, and everything in them, is stronger than our strongest enemy, bigger than our biggest problem. When we have troubles, bringing them to the One who can do something about those troubles is our best way of dealing with them (I’m speaking to myself, too, because I need reminding of this often). 

​Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses  every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:6-7

Worry is everywhere, and can easily overtake our thoughts. Remembering the above passages can help us to put such things as anxious and worrisome thoughts right out of our minds.

It is when we keep our minds focused and dependent on God, remembering His unfailing love, and leaving everything to Him, that we can get through difficult times with full peace of mind, trusting in Jesus. 

​But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. 

Isaiah 53:5

​We are guilty, convicted. Yet because of His sacrifice for us, we are declared not guilty, acquitted of our guilt. The rush of overwhelming awe and worship we feel when we realize this becomes our perfect peace. We can live the rest of our lives in complete trust with joy and expectation of our future home with Him. 

For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the spirit is life and peace. 

Romans 8:6

When we are set on our own wishes and wants, believing we have to have things to please ourselves, we are experiencing the mindset of the flesh. Those with the mindset of the Spirit are pleasing to God because they are focused on what He wants rather than what they might want.

The flesh is never satisfied, but we can have peace of mind when we want the things of God and when we love others before we think of ourselves. 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   

Romans 15:13

The peace of God is beyond all human understanding. And the only way to access it is through Jesus Christ, our Messiah. Through Him we have hope – do we ever have hope!

So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another. 

Romans 14:19

Throughout the Bible, we are told to pursue peace and we are also told how to find it. When and only when we submit to God, will we find true peace in the Prince of Peace, Jesus. Once we know Him, the source of such peace, we are to spread the Good New to others. 

When a person’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:7

Being obedient to God’s instructions given in the Bible brings unexpected blessings. Depending on God completely, even for protection from enemies, gives Him full control to do what is best, because He always has his children’s best in mind. 

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 

2 Thessalonians 3:16
For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 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. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:16-18 (NLT)

Peace Beyond Understanding

During my quiet time in God’s word, I find new things in the Bible daily that apply to and give me a sense of peace about whatever current situation I may be walking through. I pray you will also be blessed in your daily lives with newness in the word of God and an abundance of personal peace as you study these verses. 

The Scriptures listed above are only a small part of the whole reading plan. Below is a free printable page containing all of the verses for this free Bible reading plan, which can also be used for reading, studying, or journaling – or all three if you’d like. It’s in black and white so you can also color it as you meditate on God’s word.

Finding True Inner Peace Free Bible Reading Plan And Coloring Page

Starting with with early church, Christians throughout the ages have suffered and even died for the privilege of spreading the Gospel. They have refused to be deterred no matter what was threatened or done to them as they bravely faced perilous threats to their own lives and those of their families and friends. 

Where have they found peace? Their source of peace has come from the inside, from the Prince of Peace who took up residence in their hearts when they believed and trusted Him with their lives and deaths.

Just like these men and women, when we place our lives in the hands of God, we live and die in His care, knowing that the end reward is eternal life with our beloved Savior. 

The peace of God is what kept them going and gave them the strength they needed to stand strong in and for their faith. It is this same peace that inhabits us and encircles us with His steadfast love as we navigate inevitable times of trouble. 

Learn more about faith in God’s ability and faithfulness to provide by reading What We All Need To Know About God’s Provision and What Does The Bible Say About Keeping The Sabbath Day.

As we reflect on these powerful Bible verses about the key to true inner peace, let us not forget that we have the peace that surpasses all understanding. This true inner peace is not found in the absence of struggles, but rather in the presence of a loving and faithful God who walks with us every step of the way.

Bible Verses About True Inner Peace

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