When we look at our world, we can see much need for forgiveness and reconciliation. Conflict is not just about war and violence. All of us regularly face some level of conflict in our relationships at work or home. Conflict can sometimes be a positive thing, such as when we fight against injustice and stand up for our rights and the rights of others. However, more often conflict is destructive. So much money and time is spent addressing the results of conflict, such as rebuilding houses and infrastructure and providing medical treatment for physical injuries. Yet the psychological wounds and the underlying causes of conflict are rarely dealt with.
In Matthew 6:14, it is clear that God asks us to forgive others, as he has forgiven us. Forgiveness is not a natural reaction when someone has hurt us. It is a choice we need to make if we are to be free of bitterness, and if we want to move forward and break out of the cycle of violence and blame. Forgiveness is essential for reconciliation, but reconciliation goes beyond words, into action, to restore the broken relationship. It is a process that requires the willing participation and commitment of both sides.
In this issue we look at different aspects
of forgiveness, and practical ideas for
how we can support each other and work
through the process of reconciliation.
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