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Like a horse and carriage: as we see in Scripture

November 1, 2011

…: as we see in Scripture

 

Psalm 85:10 – Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

 

Some things go together. They just do. The Wisdom of the Creator God tells me that Love & Faithfulness are paired together and that Righteousness & Peace are harmoniously connected. This makes my brain itch; it brings some questions to my mind.

 

Am I to understand that where you find one, you will find the other?

If there is an absence of peace, is it because of an absence of righteousness?

If there is a shortage of love, is it because faithfulness has gone missing?

Are these combinations true in the way that God works?

Is this true in the way human relationships and circumstances work?

When one seems to be in short supply, does that mean that there is a lack of the other, too?

If, in repairing one, does the other become stronger, too?

 

Ponder one question with me today:

When I read what Scripture reveals about God, do I find Love & Faithfulness and Righteousness & Peace inextricably bound together?

 

Love/Faithfulness

God promised [Jeremiah 31:44], “I will be their God and they will be My people.” and He sent His Son, Jesus, as the final, sufficient sacrifice to fulfill that covenant commitment. Out of love for His people, He was faithful. We are called to love God completely – so that our love is demonstrated through enduring faithfulness which is passed to the next generation. [Deuteronomy 6:6]

 

 

Righteousness/Peace

Where the Spirit of the Lord is at work, there is the fruit of peace [Galatians 5:22]; there is the bond of peace [Ephesians 4:3]. Certainly wherever the Spirit of the Lord abides is a place where righteousness is found, a place characterized by peace. It’s no surprise, either, that we are “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ” [Philippians 1:1], that One who is called the Prince of Peace.

 

The love-faithfulness and the righteousness-peace links are more than incidental pieces of the puzzle. These conjoined parts are essential to the big picture of our faith life.

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