God Seeks Justice, Reconciliation, and Wholeness
As we have entered the seasons for love, compassion and for- giveness we need to realize we serve a God that want a people to be just this way. We have no reason other than selﬁshness not to be willing to forgive. We need to as theScriptures have alluded to is set all hatred aside and love one another as we can. I know we have been wronged but we are Christians and Christians forgive and go on with our lives.
Justice and mercy are partners in this process of forgiveness. We are called not to worship our relationships but to live faithfully and as honestly as possible. To live as forgiven people compels us to practice the art of forgiveness with others.“Forgiveness as it is expressed in Je- sus’ prayer…is not a status one achieves; it is rather a life into which one enters justice, reconciliation, wholeness, and holiness. There are many who would suggest that the ultimate goal of forgiveness in theScrip- tures is to lead us toward reconciliation with God and with one another. While reconciliation is indeed central to the gospel claim, it should not be seen as the only reason for such things as repentance and for- giveness. Instead, forgiveness ispart of a larger vison that God has for the community of faith, for the world, and for creation.
What is clear is that the reign of God will include acts of for- giveness, reconciliation, hope, love, and justice. Forgiveness becomes one avenue toward that larger vision of God’s world of shalom (peace). As forgiven and forgiving people, ourenergy and focus are renewed, and we ﬁnd new ways of working toward justice, reconciliation, and whole- ness. Ultimately, this is the call of the children of God. Thanks you God for your Son who gave without conditions. OH! To be like Jesus .