Shalom is applicable to an external peace between two entities—such as individuals or nations—and to an internal sense of peace within the individual.
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, shalom means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.” It is translated “success” and used as part of an inspired blessing in 1 Chronicles 12:18.
1 Chronicles 12:18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.
I also love this quote by Mother Teresa about Peace. Reading it I thought about the exchanges I saw between North and South Korea this morning. Both Presidents were smiling, shaking hands and actually hugged. Their respective wives were also carrying on an agreeable conversation and then each side walked along and shook hands with the diplomats from the other side – all the while smiling. Let those smiles be seeds of loving energy stirring in both peoples.
Watching the peace signing by the presidents of North (Kim Jong-un) and South Korea (Moon Jae-in) this morning, listening to the translation of each man’s speech, both of which included messages of peace and North Korea’s president’s words about the brotherhood and oneness of all Koreans, my heart prayed that these words would indeed, will indeed become a reality.
It will be 65 years on July 27, 2018 since the war ended between North and South Korea, with no agreement for peace between the two. This is a good beginning.
As I thought about the events and other recent events, including watching the Olympics and the entry of the North Koreans to take part in those, as well as the hard line stance and rhetoric of words taken between President Trump and President Kim Jong-un of North Korea, I truly sensed within my Spirit that the Korean President knew that President Trump was a man of a temperament much like his. What I mean is that I sensed that Kim felt that Trump, unlike other American Presidents, was not a man easily threatened nor a man who would think twice about carrying out his own aggressive actions. We’ve watched as Trump has taken action without necessarily consulting with the appropriate government bodies and officials.
President Trump and President Kim Jong-un seem to me to be men with similar temperaments that include a tendency towards aggression and violence when they do not get their own way. This is just my own personal view of things I’ve seen and read over time.
In one sense, the instability of President Trump and his wavering back and forth in his messages vis-a-vis Twitter could end up being beneficial for the entire world. I feel that it is this very unreliability of Trump that has Kim perhaps believing that his threats would not have much of an effect on Trump in dissuading him from taking a more aggressive stance.
Whatever the reason, as the newscasters said, we ought to proceed with caution, on all sides, but with positive thoughts of restoration and a return to stability of some sort in the Korean Peninsula.