Honesty is difficult. Fear prevents us from addressing the barriers, which keep us distant. The barriers never disappear they only increase. When you begin addressing the elephant in the room walls crumble.
Bridges of Forgiveness: For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
Forgiveness has everything to do with you the individual. It doesn’t mean forgetting, however releasing accountability. It requires one person to change their attitude and feelings. We must practice forgiveness, grace and mercy with the complexity of race relations. Rooted in love forgiveness is forged in compassion.
Bridges of Hope: The work of bridge building is hopeful not hopeless. As we begin to gaze into the layers of issues and divisions it’s difficult to have hope of transformation. My hope is not in people, but in the God I serve. Through Jesus we find Unity, through Jesus we find Compassion, through Jesus we find Hope that transcends beyond what we see.
Bridges of Reconciliation: And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Our goal is to restore broken relationships sin has claimed. The responsibility begins with every believer. Genuine repentance should lead us all to true reconciliation. This process is ongoing. If you feel you have arrived, then you probably are in greater need than you think. We are all broken, we have some form of prejudices. Together we can dig deep and unmask the layers that separate us from each other. If our hearts are truly reconciled, we must confess our prejudices and move towards equality and justice for all. There’s great work to accomplish and it begins in our hearts, within our communities, #BTB with me. Let’s lock arms.