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“And God’s peace reaches far beyond all human understanding that keeps our
hearts and minds safely in union with Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:7 GNT)
Nationwide, John Lennon and wife Yoko protested the Viet Nam war by singing ‘Give Peace A Chance’. However, Shalom (peace) signifies a great deal more than freedom from fightings. Let’s wade a little deeper into the ocean of God’s love to understand the vast meaning of Shalom.
Overall, Shalom includes completeness, soundness, tranquility of body, mind, soul and spirit. For example, the Hebraic greeting ‘peace be with you’ expresses a deep desire for one’s wholeness, including spirit, soul, and body. Furthermore, shalom signify’s both ‘hello and goodbye’ that proclaims fulfillment while traveling from birth to death. Indicating mental and physical composure, leading to a prosperous future. Or better, an honorable livelihood from birth to death.
Another feature of Shalom includes different spellings that represent other meanings. For example, Shulam indicates ‘paid for in advance,’ that points to prepaid atonement ’the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world’ (Rev 13:8). To our amazing benefit, the first mention of ‘peace’ appears in the Abrahamic covenant and extends to all who believe in Christ (Gal 4:28).
Furthermore, constant focus upon God’s goodness (Isa 26:3) and realizing that true security is found only in Him sets the stage for internal and mental composure “l lay down in peace and sleep safely” said the psalmist. Similarly, “praying for Jerusalem’s peace” honors God and soundly upholds us (Ps 122:6).
In closing, Shalom opens a gateway for comprehensive ‘oneness’ with Him (John 17:21). Our entire personhood receives redemption from past, present, and future sins because Jesus Himself is overwhelming Shalom. “My Shalom (peace) I give to you, not as the world gives” (John 14:27). Let us receive this marvelous gift.
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