TEXT: 1 John 4:7-12, Matthew 5:13-16
There’s a window of opportunity for Christians in Nigeria, especially now, to reenact a culture preached by Christ over 2000 years ago, Love Culture. It’s the culture of God’s kingdom and it’s what Christ Himself represents for our Extraordinary Living.
Notwithstanding the dearth of love in our nation, people who make history are not people who set out to impress but those who are compassionate and love people. They’re people who dared to put their lives and resource on the line to secure freedom for people, race, nation and for a cause; people who rose to confront Goliaths of their time and could not be timid while everyone was.
Jesus is the main character and central actor in the scriptures. He represents what the scripture and God is to us. He said in John 8:12, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world…” (Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38). Many want anointing for personal success nowadays! That’s not a problem, but Jesus defined the purpose of the anointing or gifts. It is for showing love and acts of kindness (Luke 4:18). Love is a revolution! That’s the kind of revolution we need in our country today.
Jesus was anointed, ready for compassionate acts, helping people throughout the regions. He was moved with love and compassion. He wasn’t looking for fame, He saw a people without a shepherd and had compassion (Mark 6:34). He was deeply concerned by people’s helplessness. He cared for the women, children too, He did not just practice it, He taught it to his disciples. Missionaries demonstrated that love for us (though many of us don’t even know what it means to be a missionary these days).
Sam Adeyemi once said, “any religion that professes to be concerned about the human soul but not interested in its social wellbeing is a dead religion”. This explains the story of the Good Samaritan. The faith spoken of in James 2:14-26 here talks about our Christian faith. If it has no substance or connection to our state of wellbeing then something is still missing. So what is the value/measure of our faith? Why is there so much hate & darkness despite the light we are supposed to be carrying? There is almost no difference between the church and our community.
What happened to the love in the homes and between two people who say “we are in love”? Between employees and their employers. Among employees, church leaders and members and vice versa? What happened to the love between Christians of different denominations, amongst church members, church folks and people in communities? Where is love on our streets, especially on the roads, in schools, hospitals, public service?
In 2 Kings 7:8-9, we see that when you have suffered, when you breakthrough, you won’t think of other people first but yourself alone. That is human nature. The lepers said, “what we are doing is not good…” How shall this thing last? ( 1 John 4:11-12). (Luke 6:35-36MSG, Matthew 25:34-46) Abraham was very kind, he entertained angels without knowing. In the same way Lot displayed kindness to angels without knowing it. It’s not that the church hasn’t done anything, but she must be deliberate. Love and kindness is big deal in the church today and by extension our country. Every Nigerian is an extension of God. So be kind enough to be touched by the circumstances of others.
Are you easily irritated by people? Then you don’t have kindness yet. Jesus’s disciples were diverse people and they had their weaknesses, yet Jesus showed kindness to people and was never prejudiced. No tribe, race, people, religion should take more responsibility for the development of our nation than Christians. We are the people who should truly have love in our hearts and live in love.
Just in case you’re asking, like Mary, “how shall this thing be?”, We have answer for you. IT IS POSSIBLE BY THE POWER AND HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 4:32). Start with yourself, not asking somebody else to start it. You start!