Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
It’s been on our minds a lot, lately. And of course we think of the kissy kind of love first.
But what else can love be?
And what else can a kiss be?
Moms kiss away booboos because of love. Some people die because of love. Others kiss because of treachery.
Love and kisses don’t always go hand in hand.
Seldom, though, do we think of anything other than people kissing. I mean, dogs actually lick. Perhaps the sun kisses a peach or a wave kisses the shore, but that’s about it.
In the verse above, righteousness and peace are treated as animate things that can kiss
We call kissing a sign of love or the glue of marriage. If we mortals grasp anything at all, maybe these ideas are right.
And maybe peace is so interconnected with righteousness that the two are one, as in marriage.
It sure is true that when we know we’ve done wrong we lack peace and when we know we’ve done the right thing we feel peace return.
Maybe it is a kiss of peace.
So, love the ones you ought to love.
Remain faithful at it.
It’s the right thing to do.
And you will know the kiss of peace.