Ever find yourself saying to your kids (or mumbling under your breath), “All I want is some peace and quiet!”
After a long day in the van on the way home from a 9-hour trip to visit the grandparents, that’s exactly what I find myself saying to my four kids! The peace I’m looking for is a break from the noise, the opportunity to think and concentrate and the chance to relax.
That kind of peace is quite different than the peace described in the Bible! Let’s take a look at three different types of peace that are mentioned in Scripture and what they mean for us and for our children!
5 Bible Memory Verses for Kids About Peace
Having Peace in Our Hearts
This type of peace is described in several places throughout Scripture.
Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Peace ruling in our hearts means we have the assurance of Christ’s forgiveness: in other words, God is “at peace” with us through Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross. When we have peace in our hearts, we trust that Christ loves us and that gives us a deep sense of comfort and rest.
Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares for you.
Living at Peace with Others
If you or your children have siblings, it can definitely be hard to live at peace with each other! Yet there is a call for us as Christ-followers to be pursuing this type of relationship with anyone in our lives.
Romans 12:18 (NLT)
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
For our children, this means choosing to overlook small offenses, praying for God’s help when they’re having a hard time getting along, and choosing to focus on the good that their siblings do rather than complaining about them.
That is tough! It’s definitely hard for me to do with my own brothers and we are in our 30s! But it is possible, with the peace of Christ in our hearts. See how one type of biblical peace leads right into another? When Jesus gives us peace, we can extend that peaceable spirit to others.
Peace in the World Through God as the Ruler
The third type of peace we can teach our children about is the unending peace that is promised when Jesus comes again to rule in glory. This peace is spoken of quite a bit in the Old Testament because the Old Testament often focuses on prophecy, the telling of the future for God’s people!
Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)
Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
Talking about the “end times” with our kids can seem strange, but one way we talk about the future with our children is to tell them that even though life is hard and really sad things happen, that Jesus’ hope is that all will come to know Him and that someday He will rule over everything and the sad things will never happen again. As your kids grow, you can go into more detail!
Hopefully, these verses will give you a great starting point for conversations in your home about what peace looks like, according to the Bible. And maybe you’ll get some “peace and quiet” out of it too!
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