Reconciliation First

Nelson Mandela was not necessarily a revolutionary. His triumph was emerging from prison with reconciliation and forgiveness rather than revenge. That attitude led a troubled country to a brighter future.

I’ve seen it often: repentance is stronger than defensiveness, and reconciliation is stronger than getting even.

It`s a powerful lesson for leaders. Even for those in authority, if you readily admit your mistakes, people are ready to forgive if they sense true humility.

A posture of reconciliation will lead to organizational success and health more than competition and retaliation.

When Mandela was released from prison and became President, he didn’t use his power to gain revenge but set a tone of reconciliation that brought healing to South Africa.

Our Lord taught us to pray: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Wayne Pederson (Reach Beyond)


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