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Apr 02 2013

Can someone have peace of mind without God?

The Greek word “eirēnē” that is translated into English as “peace” has several applications such as peace between countries or between people. However, the peace that God grants to His children cannot be obtained outside of Christ for it is Christ that is the giver of His peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Even though John 14:27 was given to His disciples, the peace of the Lord is given to all that are His. It is the “tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.” (Thayer’s Greek Definitions).

May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
(Psalm 29:11)

Any person can have peace of mind without being a Christian. This can be seen all around us. For instance, a non-Christian that just secured a job has peace of mind that he or she will be able to pay their bills and feed their family. A non-Christian that goes in for a medical test to see if they have cancer has peace of mind regarding their health if they get a clean bill of health. If human beings did not have some peace about their lives, life would be very difficult and probably unbearable.

In John 14:27, Jesus is giving His disciples a peace that surpasses all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). When Jesus uttered those words in John 14:27, He was about to die and leave his disciples. The peace He was leaving them was the reconciliation of man to God, peace with God. He would not leave them comfortless, He leaves them the Comforter (John 14:26). This gift of peace is a gift that God desires to give to all of His children (Jeremiah 29:11). This peace that God gives is not given to the unsaved, the wicked (Isaiah 48:22).

Peace is a present possession of a Christian. It indicates the state of the Christian in the present life (Romans 5:1, 8:6, 15:13, 2 Thessalonians 3:16). This is a result of deliverance from the penalty of sin, a Christian’s reconciliation with God.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 5:1)

While the world or situations in a Christian’s life may be falling apart, a Christian’s peace is independent of outside conditions (John 14:1, 16:33). It is the fruit of salvation with God. That peace of mind given by God and is a gift only to those He has redeemed.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

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This post is adapted from an answer written for GotQuestions.org

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3 comments

  1. Ed

    It was this type of peace I noticed in a coworker that God used to draw me me to Christ. I noticed that her peace was not affected by her circumstances, while I would only be at peace when things in my life were going well, which in this fallen world, was not very often. Her peace seemed far more consistent and unshakeable, and I just had to find out where she drew it from.

    It was a different type of peace than any I had seen before, and I wanted this peace for myself.

    One day I asked her, and she told me that her peace came from Jesus.

    Thank you for this post.

    1. Tishrei

      Thanks Baruch. I have heard some say that those that are not Christians cannot have peace. I remember once a Christian posted on an atheist board that there is no peace without Christ. That got me thinking. If someone absolutely cannot have peace, then the people in this world would absolutely be unlivable. However, the peace that comes from Jesus is not the same peace that all mankind can experience. I don’t think that the Christian posting on that board was making that distinction which, obviously, made everyone really angry. I was just reading, not posting so I did not chime in.

  2. Faithwalks

    Hi Tishrei, I agree when you say, “any person can have peace of mind without being a Christian.”
    But the peace of mind that the world can give only last as long as our physical state of comfort continues. We use to sing a chorus of John 14:27 Peace, “not as the world gives give I to thee.” And then the chorus would continue with; “love give I to thee, faith give I to thee, hope give I to the, not as the world gives, give I to thee.”

    Sometimes I still sing this song, amazing!

    Thanks for this post,

    Paul

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