An Intro to Shalom

Big Idea: Our experience of Shalom will shape how we engage our relationships and can help us discern how we navigate these polarised times. 

 Shalom is about our reconciliation with God.

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
    but let them not turn to folly.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.

Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.
The Lord will indeed give what is good,
    and our land will yield its harvest.
Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps. – Psalm 85:8-13 NIV

Shalom is about our daily relationships.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. –Colossians 3:13-15 NIV

Shalom is something that we internalize.

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8 NIV

And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. – Isaiah 32:17 NLT

Closing Thought: Shalom isn’t about them, it is about us.

… he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. – 2 Corinthians 5:19b-20a NIV

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