Scripture to Help You Have Heavenly Peace
We hear so much about being at peace during the holidays. It’s good for the soul and makes being with family pleasant.
Holidays don’t always invoke images of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men,” but rather those of agonizingly being around family that you’re not exactly crazy about. You love them and all, but your guard is immediately up with the mention of their name.
You may want determine this year will be different.
With the right mindset and working NOW on your conditioned responses and attitude, you can have peace, Biblical peace that the Helper, the Holy Spirit, will help you with when you ask Him.
God has said in a few places in Scripture to be peaceful. He commands and He equips.
Before I step back and let the Holy Spirit get to work in your heart, I ask three things of you:
1. Ask God to forgive you of sinful/even murderous thoughts toward anyone.
- 1 John 3:15a: “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer.”
- 1 John 4:20-21: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
2. Earnestly meditate on the Scripture.
- Psalm 19:14 :” Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
3. PRAY and commit to employing God’s Word.
….but sometimes, you just have to walk away! (Proverbs 17:14: “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore, stop contention before a quarrel starts.”)
- Romans 12:18: “If is is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
- Ephesians 4:29-32: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
- Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Hebrews 12: 14-15: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”
*all Scripture cited is NKJV
My friend, have a very blessed and peaceful season. Rely on the power of God, because in our weakness He is strong. Set your mind and keep it set on peace, the peace of God.