Inner Peace can be translated as” Holiness”, sounds true, isn’t it? If you are a holy man, there is a sense of inner peace in your life. In 1 Peter 1:15-16, it says,
15 “but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; 16 because it is written, You shall be holy; for I am holy.” WEB
There’s no one who is holy except God. One of the best definition of the term “Holy” came from Merriam Webster is defined as “exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.” It clearly says “perfect in goodness and righteousness.” Anybody who hears this term would surely say it is impossible. Truly, man cannot be perfect in righteousness, and to be righteous should be pointed to the source of righteousness which is God.
In our practical life, if inner peace seems hard to achieve and unattainable, you are not alone. Most of us feel that way at one time or another. Part of your self-improvement plan can be learned on how to achieve inner peace. It could become like a skill that will help your life forever. You will be calm during times of stress and situations that need your immediate attention. One thing you need to remember is that when to achieve inner peace is to recognize what it is defined by outer circumstances. Let’s look at the steps you can take.
Life is Simple
Keeping your life simple will contribute to your inner peace because it directs your energy to a single point and it could not be complicated. Toss out everything that holds you back. That includes friends and acquaintances who drain you and in return give you nothing. Choose the right friend and the right company. Remember quality cannot be a guarantee over quantity. Keep it simple stay focused because a double-minded man is unstable (James 1:8).
“Go with wise men and be wise: but he who keeps company with the foolish will be broken.” BBE
24 “Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man, and don’t associate with one who harbors anger: 25 Lest you learn his ways, and ensnare your soul.” WEB
The only time that really matters is the present because it’s the only time that really exists. That past is the past, the present is now and the future will be the present. You have no control over the future, nor can you predict it. Therefore, focus on what you can control – the present. Give it your best and live for what you can do for now.
Focusing Now is to avoid procrastinating habits. It is a discipline to exert an effort to achieve your goal in life. If you want to live with an inner peace then you need to start now or never.
“Say not to your neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it by you at the time.” BBE
“Don’t boast about tomorrow; For you don’t know what a day may bring forth.” WEB
A positive mindset is to live positively. Think good things and the blessings that you had right now. Are you still breathing? Then you should know how fortunate you are. Your mind may have a tendency to wander and desire something different. But consider this, others don’t have the chance to eat thrice a day and unhealthy. Where do you fit into this? Chances are in comparison your life is your best treasure and your mind is your worst enemy. Remember, should you get what you desire, you’ll only be desiring something else soon in a positive way. So be grateful for what you have.
“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.” WEB
“A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” WEB
No Man is an Island
We cannot live on our own selves. This is the reason why God sent a helper, a partner in life – our wife. Your point of view isn’t the only one and the best so don’t treat it like it’s a law. Don’t go to battle over your point of view and attempt thinking that there’s no one who is capable of good solutions and ideas. Have you heard the phrase “jack of all trades, master of nothing”? You can be the best of all things but you don’t have a focus on what’s capable of you. Even God also said something through King Solomon in the book of Proverbs regarding wisdom, it is God doesn’t like us to depend on our own understanding but to lean on Him alone.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” WEB
Prov 3:5-6 5
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” NIV
“Doing nothing through envy or through pride, but with low thoughts of self, let everyone take others to be better than himself” BBE
Everything will Come to Pass
We lived in a time-bound planet. Time is generous and indifferent. What is dark today may be glorious tomorrow. Everything perishes – everyone perishes. Our lives have an expiration whether you like it or not. Nothing is forever. It’s only God who is forever. Time will heal your deepest wounds. Since whatever is going on today will pass, sometimes the best solution is simply to let it go. Tomorrow is another day and it is a fresh start. Inner Peace can be achieved if you know what is a reality and not. You’ll not have inner peace if you don’t accept that things will change and will come to pass. This is the reason why people compete with each other to build their future; if you don’t build your future well then you lost a huge opportunity and legacy in life.
2 Cor. 4:17-18
“For our present trouble, which is only for a short time, is working out for us a much greater weight of glory;18 While our minds are not on the things which are seen, but on the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are for a time; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”BBE
When we smile, we are showing more of the external. We can also do a fake smile. Not all people who smile are happy inside. We are talking about inner peace, isn’t it? Then smile should be coming inside our hearts and mind. Then how can we smile if we don’t have a positive change in our lives? If we live in hatred, then surely your smile could be a fake one. If you know how to forgive others and be humble to accept your fault in front of the one whom you offended, then that’s a true and best smile. A smile can do wonders for your spirit and for the spirit of others. It can soften hearts and change moods. Smiling is connected to love and it’s contagious. You can’t smile and be angry or jealous at the same time. Smiling makes you feel calm, happy and loved.
“A glad heart makes a cheerful face; But an aching heart breaks the spirit.”WEB
“A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry.”BBE
“Because of this my heart is glad, and my glory is full of joy: while my flesh takes its rest in hope.”BBE