The Peace of God

Philippians 4:9
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Oh wonderful peace! Having the peace of God surpasses anything that this world has to offer! We all have felt what it feels like to have failed God, to have sinned and it is so terrible to not feel the peace of God. OH.... but when we repent and let God's mercy pour over us, the peace comes! Knowing that everything is right between you and God brings the greatest peace you can experience.

  • a state of national tranquillity
  • exemption from the rage and havoc of war
  • peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord
  • security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous)
  • of the Messiah's peace
  • the way that leads to peace (salvation)
  • of Christianity, 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
The verse goes on to say that this peace of God, "passeth all understanding." Meaning the peace of God can go overtop and rise above our feelings, our thoughts of perceiving or mode of thinking.

At the end of the verse it says "shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ." What does keep mean? Simply put it means here to guard or protect.

So this peace of God is going overtop and rising above our thinking/feelings and perceptions and guarding and protecting our hearts and minds! Through whom? JESUS!