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The Difference between Peace and Shalom
By Pastor Todd Venman

Since the fall of Adam mankind has craved Shalom. Living without a relationship with God creates a void that only His presence can fill.

2 Corinthians 5:16-20
"So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."

Shalom is more than peace. It isn't just coming to an agreement. It isn't just the give and take of compromise so that two parties can agree.

Shalom is defined as completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, and harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Shalom begins in the reconciliation work of Christ.
Ephesians 1:7-14
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment-to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of his glory."

Shalom continues with reconciliation between those who believe.
Matthew  18:15-20
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 18 "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

Shalom then continues with those who do not have faith.
Hebrews 12:14 
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

In preparing His disciples for His bodily departure, Jesus bolstered their devotion by giving them His Shalom.
John 14:27 
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 

It was the very thing they longed for and would need in order to do the things Christ did. The term peacemaking gives us the impression of two differing opinions or sides whom now "get along." This is how we would use the term today.

However the Biblical concept of peace or Shalom is much different. Peacemaking would be man-centered, Shalom is God-centered. Peacemaking is about arbitration or flexing of opinions. Shalom is about mirroring God's image and character. The focus of Shalom is Jesus, not peace accords. Peacemaking is about what's right or fair. Shalom is about what is righteous and just.

Paul defines Jesus as our Shalom
Ephesians 2:14-18
"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit."

Jesus says "Come" to receive Shalom
Mathew 11:28-30
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

This light burden refers to the Ten Commandments, which were summed up in just two:

Matthew 22:37-39
37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

You cannot experience Shalom until you are obedient to the Ruling and Reigning King. This King's name is Jesus Christ. Until you obey Him fully with an unselfish love of God and neighbor you cannot taste the Shalom Christ offers. It is those who live in shalom who mirror the image of Christ. Jesus said:

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the sons of God. 

Once you have experienced Shalom you are compelled to reproduce yourself into others. This too mirrors Jesus.
John 5:19-30
"Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.  24 "Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.  28 "Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me."

Jesus modeled discipleship. He only did what the Father did and taught others to do what He had done. It was with this type of lifestyle that Jesus disciples were taught and commanded to go and live.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Once you are experiencing Shalom you feel compelled to share it with others. There are so many people who do not live in the Shalom of God. They have bought into a generic form that offers no real comparison. They work hard to prove this generic form has value. If you aren't experiencing what you crave then you must try harder with more effort. Yet this generic form is a lie! It doesn't work because the creator of this form is a liar. He masquerades as light but no light is found in him.

How long will people go about spinning their wheels? How long will they share with others a false hope and a false message? How long will they continue to believe that which they intuitively know is false? The Holy Spirit has been showing them it is a hoax. Simply recognize and verbalize that Jesus is Lord! Give Him ownership of your life! He is trustworthy and will offer you the Shalom you deeply crave.  He is King, yet He died for You!. Join His Kingdom!

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