The Hebrew word Shalom is understood around the world to mean peace. But peace is only one small part of the meaning of the word. In Israel the word Shalom is used on a daily basis as a greeting or farewell. However, Shalom means much more than peace, hello or goodbye.
A word study in the NKJV defines Shalom (Strong’s Concordance 7965 – Hebrew Shalom) as: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, and the absence of agitation or discord.
Shalom comes from living in harmony with God. When you pray to Yahweh Shalom, you are praying to the source of all peace.
Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace) is one of the descriptive names the Bible uses to indicate the ministry and personality of the Messiah: Isaiah 9:6-7 – The Son of God is completely perfect in all things.
So in essence, when you speak out the word Shalom – you are not only proclaiming peace, but the fullness of Shalom over that person – that’s a powerful blessing!!!
When someone says Shalom to you, you should receive it as a tremendous blessing. And bless them back with a heartfelt Shalom!
Numbers 6:24-26 – The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you SHALOM.
Prayer – Yahweh Shalom, Thank you that your peace transcends all human understanding. Help me in the midst of adversity to accept your precious gift. I open my heart and mind to you and rest in your presence. In the name of Sar Shalom – the Prince of Peace.
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