Precious Peace

The things people really long for cannot be bought by any amount of wealth. That’s a cliché but its truth has never diminished through the ages. It’s interesting to note that these things – love, peace, joy, and such like – can only be had with the Holy Spirit dwelling in one’s heart. No wonder, one can travel far and wide, do all the things that bring pleasure, possess material things to one’s heart’s content, but one may grow old without ever finding love, peace, joy, and their kin. But once one receives the Holy Spirit, all these and more come with it in a beribboned package.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Peace. I believe this is the most difficult to find. I can never take for granted its presence in my life. It’s a gift from God that I’m grateful for everyday. For I know how to be devoid of it. There were different seasons in my life where I had known a measure of peace or absence of it.

My years in college might be the most peaceful ones of my adult life, that is, before I received my salvation later on in life. Those 5 years in Baguio City where I lived in the ladies dorm inside Saint Louis University campus were rather hard in terms of finances. But that and the rigorous duties assigned to us in the dorm didn’t even try to wane my enthusiasm to finish my course – B.S. ChE. Maybe the cool climate, the sight and scent of evergreens surrounding the campus, and the fire in me to finish college with flying colors all contributed to the atmosphere of peace in my heart, mind, and soul.

When I put up my own company at 30, the disquiet began. I entered into a world of high-profile business with all the competition involved. Even so young, I wanted my company to be a leader in the industry. So I invested all my strength, wisdom, talent, and time into it. But not without cost. Then came marriage, family, and later on, its painful undoing.

I had known how to bask in career and business success with all the pleasures and luxuries that came with it. I know that it can be experienced even without inner peace in one’s heart and mind. Success on the outside, turmoil on the inside. Why not? I had lived that kind of life, and learned, rather painfully, that one’s self wouldn’t last long in it.

I remember when I was at the peak of my career AND my personal problems, I confided to a friend who also happened to be working for a competitor. She told me that her employer was going through the same concerns and problems like mine. Do heart-wrenching problems come with worldly success? I think so, what with all the options money can avail. I mean, these options can drive one to make decisions that can be detrimental to him or her and the people involved in his or her life. One example is the option to end one’s marriage by annulment (or divorce in other countries) and starting over with another relationship. Consider the words of Apostle Paul:

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim. 6:9-10)

But one can be successful and godly at the same time. And filled with peace. For they trust in the living God and not in their riches. They are not proud in their wealth but rather humble in the sight of God and man. And they gladly give. Such are described in 1 Tim. 6:17-19:

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Peace, precious peace. Elusive to many people but God gives it to whosoever receives His gift of salvation. There will be trials and tribulations along the narrow path, for this we can be sure. But this is the assurance:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)

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Comments

  1. Joanie Qualls says:

    Sooo good!!! Thanks Rina.
    Blessings in Jesus Christ wonderful love, forgiveness, holiness and undeserved GRACE.
    Hugs,
    Joanie

  2. Barbie says:

    I am so thankful for His peace, even in the midst of a hard season. Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Brew!

  3. Beth says:

    God’s peace is the kind that allowed Jesus to sleep while the others in the boat feared the storm. It’s not that he wasn’t in the storm. He just knew there was nothing to fear.

  4. Ah, yes. I feel a measure of peace from just reading your thoughts about it. Next to my bathroom sink I have a small scripture card that says, “Jesus Christ himself is our peace.” So many times I let that little card lead me to the finished work of my Savior on the cross and oh what that does time and time again to remind me of the peace that is always present between God and I … no matter what I feel.

    Thank you for linking this thoughtful post with Unforced Rhythms this week. Blessings.

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