Peace of Mind
by Julie Branch
The prophets of the Old Testament, along with the writers of the New Testament, were concerned about mental health and emotional well-being because they believed God was concerned about it. There is a towering mountain of instruction on this subject that can be seen through the entire Bible. In this amazing abundance of material you find positive solutions to dealing with negative emotions.
In general, the perspective of the biblical writers was that even in the most difficult and trying circumstances, God’s people are able to rise above the circumstances and, in time, escape being defeated by them. In the biblical view, circumstances alone do not lead to depression, but rather it is the person’s attitude during the circumstances which serve as the determining factor on whether the person will feel defeated and depressed.
Today, we all know that our attitudes affect our emotions and that our emotions affect our actions. Practically speaking, if our attitudes are those of self-pity, anxiety, fear, and anger, then over time we are going to be emotionally unhealthy. If we are emotionally unhealthy, then our daily lives will be damaged, distorted and diminished. The key to happy, healthy and wholesome living is a positive attitude. The Bible presents a positive attitude as an attitude of unwavering faith in God. The overall invitation of scripture is to fill your mind, emotions, heart and life with a positive faith and confidence in the Lord.
The great promise of scripture is that through a relationship with Christ we can have not only peace with God but we can have the peace of God. This certainly includes peace of mind. So let me ask you this: What would you be willing to pay to have peace of mind? Well, the good news is that Jesus has already purchased for you the right to it and the ownership of it. It is now yours to claim daily in your walk with Him. Trust God in this and go in peace!
I invite you to meditate with me on this powerful passage again today:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:6-9).
Thank God for the peace of God!
Have a blessed day!
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