August 4

Psalm 85:8-10

“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.” vs. 10

The psalmist had a vision of the future that continues to touch our heart 2500 years later. This is indeed the hope and the dream of every age: that steadfast love and faithfulness would be merged, and that righteousness and peace would give each other a big kiss. In times like ours that vision seems to erode with every demonstration, protest, and act of ugly violence. Opposing viewpoints have hardened and there seems little possibility of reconciliation. In some quarters there’s even talk of revolution and a total overthrow of the system. But followers of Jesus continue to hang on to his promise of an ever-growing peaceable kingdom that will one day find fulfillment in him. In his eyes this is a blip on the screen, a temporary moment of insanity that will be healed by the steadfast love of God and the growing faithfulness of the peoples. In our hearts we crave the peace promised by God, and the Christ in us can make it happen in spite of our foolish political posturing. Our task is to put aside the differences and embrace the unity that is the last commandment of Jesus. Of course there will be conflicting ideas among us–but they’re easily contained by extravagant hugs and heartfelt kisses–and peace will be the order of the day.

Thought for the Day: How do I treat those who think differently from me?

 

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