Matthew 5:9 (NIV) 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
As children of God/Divine we are called to a ministry of reconciliation. But what does a ministry of reconciliation look like and what kind of reconciliation are we talking about. How will our world change if every child of God/Divine took this mandate seriously and lived the life of a peacemaker?
First, let’s take a look at what reconciliation is. Dictionary.com shows 3 points describing reconciliation. To being with it is an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce. It’s also, the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired. Lastly, it’s the process of making consistent or compatible. So reconciliation is an act, a state of being, and a process.
Like the other characteristics of the Beatitudes this is also a conscious decision to behave in a certain way that is contrary to our natural way of life and thinking. It is actively stepping outside our comfort zones and allowing the Divine/God make us into reflections of His loving self. Letting His love become our life’s motivation. So how does a person who is naturally concerned with self become a child of reconciliation.
To begin with we (all people, regardless of what our faith looks like) need to get to the root of our differences. To do that we need to ask questions and really listen to what the other person says when they answer. We need to decide to be a people who truly desire to understand not only ourselves, but the other person involved in the conversation. We need to allow the spirit of wisdom to control our actions and our words so that they become ruled by compassion and love. This will result in an atmosphere of tolerance that will surround all people who actively pursue a life of reconciliation.
This is not an overnight solution, it is hard work, and many times it will seem like trying to attain the impossible. But humanity has the ability to be resilient, flexible, and adaptable to new ideas and ways of doing things. Look at how progress has changed our world and how simple communication has changed since time began. People evolve and grow. It will take people willing to step up and take an active role in creating grassroots organizations that promote reconciliation and growth to all people world wide. It will take people willing to make the changes necessary to renew our planet and restore the damage that humans have made that have poisoned the resources all creatures need to thrive on this planet. This is our home, and we (all people) have trashed it very much like a child will trash their room when they are angry. Keep in mind that when we think we are punishing the people that have made us angry and resentful – we are really punishing ourselves in a greater measure.
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