Master Shifu taught Po, the funny Dragon Warrior and hero of Kung Fu Panda, about the power of inner peace.
Po took his stance and a deep but calm breath. He did the mantra, “Inner peace…inner peace…” Then he opened his eye and asked his master. “Inner peace of what?”
Harmless and funny it may seem, but the Bible has a different concept of peace. It’s not about harmony with the force of nature, but peace in relation to the God who created nature.
Here are how you can apply the biblical peace in your life.
1. Reconcile with God.
Foremost, inner peace in biblical parlance is not a practice, like yoga, meditation or trance.
Biblical peace is a state of being, not just a state of mind. Peace is the condition of the person in relation to God. It’s a matter of the heart.
The context is every human is separated from God. Humanity’s sinful nature is hostile to the holy God. They are enemies.
As such, having “peace with God” is living a life reconciled with Him. It’s living with freedom from God’s opposition and becoming His children and friends.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As such, if a person wants to have the state of inner peace, one must have Jesus as the mediator and make peace with God.
Through faith, Jesus establishes that severed relationship between a person who believes with the God who justifies.
2. Rest in God.
Having peace with God is the beginning of true inner peace.
The biblical concept of peace is not just a state of being, but also a person: Jesus as the peace of God.
Freedom from disturbance or quietness is a common definition of peace in the Bible. But above all these such “peace of God” is centered upon Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul mentioned that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
In the midst of life’s worries, disturbances, chaos, and stresses, the peace of God guards the hearts and minds of everyone who are in Christ.
Let the heart and mind rest in quietness upon God’s presence and power.
Instead of having worry, pray. Instead of being troubled, trust.
3. Rely on God.
Having complete reliance in God is the defining factor of having calmness of the spirit in the midst of life’s stresses.
When I’m stressed and looking for inner peace, I do have some physical practices that helps me calm down. Here are some of these “motions” that improves my “emotions.”
- Wake up early and express gratitude to God.
- Do some body stretching and body conditioning.
- Take my fast breathing exercise to keep my brain oxygenated.
- While counting my exercise routines, I also count my blessings.
- Regularly, I also calm my mind and spirit by meditating on the Bible.
However, above all these mental and emotional calmness, the most powerful factor is having faith in God.
In doing your best and depending on God to work in you and through you is, for me, the best source of inner peace.
May the peace of God be with you always.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017