Seven steps to inner peace

Face your problems and let go of your hurts.

1. Pray

First of all, know that you are not alone. God is with you in whatever you are going through. Know that you are loved. Know that He is your help.

2. Identify your problems

What is it that is taking away your peace? What is it that is hurting you? What is the issue or problem you wish to be solved? What is your insecurity? You have to know it to solve it. (It also helps to know the desired outcome. For example, how do you want others to treat you moving forward?)

3. See the problems and solutions in God’s eyes

What does God want you to do about it? Without pride, without ego getting in the way, what is the best course of action to take? Ask for God’s counsel and wisdom. Most of all, ask for His love. Discern.

4. Do what God tells you

Facing our problems is the hardest part, but we have to do it. Sometimes, we already know what God wants us to do. Maybe call the person who hurt you, ask for someone’s forgiveness, forgive someone who offended you. Sometimes, people will find it weird if you send them a message out of the blue. But you have to do it in order to finally let go and be at peace.

In order to move forward, you have to take concrete actions. What does God want you to do about your problem? It is our obedience that enables our faith to move mountains. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

5. Be vulnerable

Many times, it’s difficult to reconcile with another person or deal with a hurt or insecurity. It usually requires being vulnerable. Sometimes, it also means getting hurt again.

Pray for the courage to take action. Pray for strength. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to get hurt again. Jesus Himself became vulnerable — when He was born and during His passion. He will always be with you.

6. Trust God no matter the outcome

Whether you get your desired results or not, the important thing is you did your best and you did it with love. You can leave the rest to God. If your actions led to reconciliation, great. If not, you have done your part.

7. Repeat

If you do these five steps (every day, if possible), your days will be full of God’s peace.

Face your problems and let go of your hurts.

“Peace be with you.” — Luke 24:36

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