How Can I Have Peace Of Mind?
The book of Philippians is nicknamed the "letter of joy". Paul uses some form of the word ‘joy' or ‘rejoice' 16 times in the four short chapters of this New Testament epistle What is especially interesting is that he wrote this letter of joy while he was imprisoned in Rome! It is in that context that he speaks in Philippians 4:4-13 (page 1163) about peace of heart and peace of mind.
- We are told in verse 6 not to be anxious about anything, which includes all the things that take away
our peace of mind. We are told what to do that will give us peace of mind in the place of our
- What is the principle given in verse 6?
- As you consider the phrase, "with thanksgiving", share your thoughts on the part that thanksgiving plays in having peace of mind.
- There is an amazing promise given to us in verse 7. What would be the difference between peace that is understandable and that which transcends all understanding?
- Describe the idea of a guarded heart and mind. Why would he choose the word "guard"?
- Verse 8 gives us the second principle for maintaining peace of mind.
- Discuss some examples of what "such things" might include.
- How does what we read in verse 8 relate to what we read in 2 Corinthians 10:5b, we take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ?
- Read the third principle for having peace of mind which is found in verse 9.
- Put this principle in your own words.
- In what way does practicing (doing) God's Word in response to life bring peace of mind?
- Conversely, how does disobedience affect us?
- How can our peace of mind be restored?
- We find the fourth principle mentioned in both verses 11 and 12.
- What word summarizes the principle and how does this bring peace of mind?
- What is Paul's "secret" for being content? (verse 13)
- Give an example from your own life of how you gained peace of mind by applying one of the four
principles we discussed (prayer with thanksgiving, thinking about what is excellent, practicing God's
ways, and choosing contentment).