Reconciliation is a key biblical theme. It appears in the teaching, storytelling, and example of Jesus. And Paul unpacks it in several of his letters. Reconciliation is “right-making in relationship”—an attempt to restore the first thing that was damaged by the fall in Eden: the intimate, holy web of relationships among God and human beings. When reconciliation happens, the distance between us decreases.
This week we close our study of reconciliation as well as the Roots of Justice series by asking, “what comes after forgiveness?” Because forgiveness isn’t an end. It’s a passage from what-was to what-could-be. To end with forgiveness is to come a long way without accomplishing what you came for.