Reconciliation in South Africa

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Forgiveness and reconciliation give us the power to begin anew. That is the power, the rationale of confession and forgives. Forgiveness is the grace by which you enable the other person to get up, and get up with dignity, to begin anew.

Let's Reconcile South Africa

We at Beginet, a nonprofit community organization which strives to promote family and community stability and to distribute hope amongst South Africans, have been looking forward to this moment for quite some time and now it has arrived.

We have all experienced how much better we feel after apologies are made and accepted, but even still it is so hard for us to say that we are sorry. People in marriage often find it difficult to say these words to each other in the intimacy and love of their bedroom. How much more difficult it is to say these words to our friends, our neighbors, and our coworkers. Asking for forgiveness requires that we take responsibility for our part in the rupture that has occurred in the relationship. We can always make excuses for ourselves and find justifications for our actions, however contorted, but we know that these keep us locked in the prison of blame and shame.

We want to start a movement and encourage all residents in South Africa to start doing simple acts of reconciliation to each other. We also want to encourage people to share their stories (positive or negative) so that we can learn from each other and help everyone to stay in touch of the reconciliation movement throughout our beautiful country. You may not agree with everyone’s viewpoint as various persons express divergent views, and you may relate to some more strongly than others. Whatever the case, we are confident that you will be thinking differently about the question of reconciliation, forgiveness and restitution as you follow and partake in the journey.

The purpose of the Let’s Reconcile SA is to promote social cohesion and national building. It is a process to educate everyone living in South Africans on the importance of understanding every person’s brokenness and pain, as well as the importance of forgiveness, unity and understanding of diverse races and culture and acknowledgement that we are one nation.

The emphasizes of the Let’s Reconcile SA is the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in order to heal the emotions and wounds of hatred or anger that has been created by either a family member, friend, colleague, in-laws, an organization, government or by the apartheid system.

Forgiveness means many things to many people, but it’s probably fair to say that it becomes easier to forgive if others acknowledge the harm that was done and actually say “I’m sorry”. There is still a deep desire in individuals and in people groups to experience any kind of expressions of sorry from the other. Let’s help and encourage each other in this through the stories we share.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation give us the capacity to make a new start. That is the power, the rationale of confession and forgives. Forgiveness is the grace by which you enable the other person to get up, and get up with dignity, to begin anew. Not to forgive leads to bitterness and hatred, which, just like self-hatred and self-contempt, gnaw at the vitals of one’s being. Whether hatred is projected out- or projected inwards, it is always corrosive of the human spirit.

Let’s Reconcile SA is all about acts of reconciliation. Ububtu!

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