Many people say that they have great “peace of mind.”
They say it when things are going well, when they’ve been able to overcome a great obstacle, or are content with where they are in life.
But they really don’t have “peace of mind.”
What they have is “peace of feel.”
Everything FEELS good to them. It has nothing to do with their mind (typically).
Peace of mind is not a feeling.
Let me say that again… and take a few seconds to let what I’m saying sink into your mind and heart.
Peace of mind is NOT a feeling.
Feelings fluctuate based on the circumstance. Feelings can change due to hormonal or chemical reasons.
Peace based on feelings is not dependable.
True peace of mind is a “knowing,” not a feeling.
The kind of peace of mind all of us need is based entirely on truth, not on what we feel.
Truth is reliable, unchanging, dependable. You can count on it to be the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
As long as you know and hang on to truth, you can have true peace of mind. Let’s look at a scriptural example of how this works…
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:15-16
- We are to LET the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. Can you think of a better source of peace?
- We are called to that kind of peace. It’s normal, expected for believers in Christ to have that kind of peace. Thankfulness is a natural result.
- We are to LET the word of Christ dwell in us richly. I believe this is where true peace comes from. We know the promises of God and the reality of what He’s done for us through Jesus and from that knowledge flows a “knowing,” a confidence, a peace.
- We grow in that rich peace through teaching, admonishment, and worship with other believers. The church is important to us having and keeping true peace.
Do you see that true peace of mind is really faith in action?
- You hear and receive God’s truth.
- You believe it.
- You rest confidently in it (that’s true peace).
Teaching your family how to have true peace of mind
There are so many practical ways you can teach and model genuine peace of mind. Here are just a few…
- Reading and memorizing scriptural promises together. This is where you get the truth inside you.
- Discuss those truths on a real-life, practical level.
- Share situations you experience where God proves those truths in your life.
- Express how God has taught you to trust Him more.
- Talk about what it could be like to rest confidently in the promises of God.
The following song is an example of the peace of mind that God’s truth can bring to our lives.
Watch the lyrics carefully. Notice the reality with which the writer knows the pains of life. He’s not a stranger to disappointment, suffering, or pain.
But he has confidence, nonetheless. He has confidence because of the truth of what God has said.
That is peace of mind. The kind you want. The kind I want. The kind our children need.