Those who choose prayer and trust during times of anxiety will experience the “peace of God.” This peace offers three important positives. First, God’s peace is supernatural and unexplainable. It is truly amazing how God can and will respond during times of difficulty.
Second, God’s peace “will guard your hearts.” The heart was seen as something to protect at all costs, since it influenced all of life (Proverbs 4:23). Paul held the Philippians believers “in my heart” (Philippians 1:7).
Third, God’s peace will guard “your minds in Christ Jesus.” This concept is connected with love for God and others (Matthew 22:37–40), as well as unity. Throughout Philippians Paul expresses concern about the unity of the Philippian church, especially in the mind (Philippians 1:27; 2:2, 5). He mentions the mind again this time as a statement that unity in the midst of disagreements requires a mind controlled by God’s peace.