As Ministers Of Reconciliation And Instruments Of Peace
To reconcile is to gather into friendship again two parties who were split. Scripture says, “God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). It goes on to say God makes his appeal through us to others to also be reconciled with God (vv. 19-21). God started the reconciliation through Jesus Christ, and then gave us the task to spread it all over the world by sharing his peace, which God graciously makes available to every human being.
This reconciliation works at three main levels:
1) Between God and human beings. Having been reconciled to God, our labor is to proclaim the Good News of Salvation, which is known as evangelism. It leads people to a transformative encounter with God. As we send evangelists, we must disciple them to be equipped to make reconciliation in all types of divisions in the world.
2) Between human beings and their neighbors. To do this we must first have our homes in order, that is to say, we must have honesty. We work for unity and harmony where there is brokenness or conflict, through a constructive dialogue between our monthly and yearly meetings and their members. In the Light we must value the spiritual and material support of others, which allows us to have communion and partnership in doing our mission. We must also accomplish, with love, a constructive dialogue with other congregations/churches (ecumenism), and to break all the barriers that lead to conflicts, injustices, and splits in this world.
3) Between creation and human beings. We have damaged the creation of God, so we must now work against everything that threatens it, restoring to God what is rightfully his.
Ramon Gonzalez Longoria
Translated by Emma Condori Mamani
Query for Reflection
Do I live out a life of reconciliation? In which levels of reconciliation should I focus more?
Make an effort this week to break, with love, any barrier that separates you from God, others, or the world, in order to reconstruct the peace of God.
Lord, thank you for your ministry of reconciliation. We pray you would help us use this gift to be ministers of reconciliation in our communities and in the world.