Get Inspired: The Topic we're studying in Church this quarter isRECONCILIATION. We delve into answering theintroductory question: WHAT IS RECONCILIATION,and where there are disagreements, what are thethings needed for reconciliation to take place? All ofthese were fully discussed and I've drawn lots oflessons therein. When all of these were discussed,my attention went on this particular question thatwas raised: WHO HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OFSEEKING RECONCILIATION?In the main time, reconciliation is the act of makingamends and offering apologies in order to again befriends and enjoy peace with the other person orpeople.Reconciliation is the act of returning somethingwhich was stolen or lost. For example, God createdman perfectly but then man sinned against the onerule that God gave. This resulted in a wall ordivision between man and God. However, Jesuscame and lived a perfect life according to the rulesspelt out by God's Commandments. This qualifiedHim to become the perfect and acceptable sacrificefor our sins. His death on the cross is consideredthe full payment for our sins. Through the death ofJesus, we have been reconciled to God and thus,tearing down the wall that we built with ouractions. Having understood that, we have to knowalso that we live in a plural society and thereforedisagreements must occur amongst us andsometimes when not managed, we go our separateways out of the relationship we keep. Wesometimes choose to avoid each other, Close thelines of communication and in extreme cases, planon ways of paying back. We can go on and onhowever, my points will be focused on answeringthis question:WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEEKINGSRECONCILIATION?When it comes to answering that, some of us willchoose to say "...He/She hurt me first and may bemore. So, He/she should the one to seek forreconciliation I have heard lots of people say"...when it comes to age, I'm older therefore I can'tand shouldn't be the one asking for reconciliation."In some other cases you'll find people consideringtheir social standing when it comes to seeking tobe reconciled. You'll hear them say "...My level PassHis/Her own so..."When all is said and done, we can all havedivergent opinions however to me, the person whoshould seek for reconciliation is the one who valuesthe relationship more. When you say "sorry lets geton" or you say "dude, Am not happy about the wayyou treated me however, I've forgiven you- lets geton" doesn't make you a weaker person. It onlyshows that you're strong enough to lay your egodown to keep your relationship going. It simplymeans that you can make sacrifices to keep yourfriends not because they are necessarily goodenough but because you value what you share andwould want them to learn how to be better friendslike you are.I'll add here to say that the peace maker should bethe one who initiates the process of reconciliation.He should be the one who values the relationshipand wants it to thrive against all odds.As you tuck yourself in for the night, I want you tosay a little prayer if you can- that God will help usall to value our relationship with people as they lookforward to expecting us treat them as much as wewant to be treated.Show your friends How much you care by neverletting them go no matter what.