April 4—Psalm 85:10—Jan Blimling
“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.”
In this passage shalom is linked intimately to three big ideas: Shalom is first linked to Divine Love which is always steadfast; always there. Steadfast love happens when God is there for us, and when we are there for each other. Shalom is linked second to faithfulness, dependable presence. And shalom, here translated as peace, is linked most intimately to righteousness, to doing the right thing for others.
A society characterized by shalom embraces the core values of peace, justice, and enjoyment of all relationships, centered in relationship with God. God in Christ has begun the work of reconciling the world to Himself. Those who are in Christ join in this marvelous work of reconciliation. In pursuit of shalom, those who find themselves in relationships scarred by injustice actively seek restoration and reconciliation. In pursuit of shalom those who enjoy special privilege freely give it up to serve and benefit others. In pursuit of shalom the community of Christ speaks truth to institutions, calling them to model and practice justice and reconciliation. In pursuit of shalom every person commits to the hard work and profound joy of reconciliation.