God’s Working People
The Work of Keeping Peace of Mind – Part I
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3: 10-12 NLT
Key Verse: 1 Peter 3:11 NLT
Turn Away from evil and do good. Search for peace and work to maintain it.
Let’s continue to look at the responsibilities of God’s people, once they have received the gift of salvation. We read in today’s Key Verse that we must work to keep peace. Jesus made this clear in the Beatitudes:
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9 NLT)
Later in Jesus’s ministry, He told His followers:
“I am leaving you with a gift— peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)
I hope you are starting to realize how important peace is to God’s Kingdom. Whenever we read multiple verses on a subject in the Bible, it shows the importance for us to work at our obedience.
Jesus clarifies what He means when He uses the word “peace”: “peace of mind and heart.” Think how wonderful it would be if we had peace of mind all the time!
The reason our troubles upset us is because we allow them to rob us of our peace of mind. If we have trained ourselves to keep our peace of mind during our troubles, then when troubles come, we simply go about doing what we need to be do without getting upset. That sounds good but keeping peace of mind during trials and troubles does not come easy… it takes work.
Notice that our scripture in John 14:27 says that Jesus gives us the gift of peace, which begs the question: why would we have to work at peace? The answer lies in the phrase Jesus used to end this verse: “So don’t be troubled or afraid”. This is where we must work hard to keep our peace, not allowing the troubles to upset us or make us fearful.
The devil knows he has no power to truly separate us from God, but he does have the power to put negative and fearful thoughts into our minds. Our work is to deal with these thoughts quickly and not allow them to remain in our minds.
We cannot stop the enemy from trying to take our peace, but we can resist Him; if we do, he will flee from us! We resist him with the words and promises of Jesus. In the next few devotionals, we look at the scriptures that we can use to send the devil running and to keep our peace of mind and heart.
Jesus has given us the wonderful gift of peace; do not allow anything or anyone to stop you from enjoying this gift of peace.
Father, thank You for giving us victory over fear. Help me today to work at keeping Your peace in my mind no matter what comes my way. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.