Yuletide: Christian leaders preach love, reflection
By Blessing Odole, Elizabeth Abiodun & Samuel Adelakun
Clerics have charged Christian faithful to use the season to reach out to the less privileged.
The religious leaders admonished faithful to emulate the teachings of Jesus Christ and reach out to those in need.
Speaking with The Hope, Evangelist Awonusi Augustine, the Shepherd in charge of Celestial Church of Christ, Odokoyi Cathedral, Akure, hammered the need for Christians to care for one another, showing love and humility as the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated worldwide.
“We should love one another. By doing that, we are winning souls for Christ and we should also remember that it’s not only Christians; we should show love to every other person”, he charged.
Evangelist Augustine also said Christians must exhibit human feeling towards others, just like Christ did.
In his charge, Pastor Bobade Ebenezer, the District Head of the Christ Apostolic Church, Oyemekun Headquarters, Akure, said Christains should endeavor to show love and affection to those living in their vicinity.
He also laid emphasis on showing love to one another, saying God himself is love and he expects us to show love to one another.
Pastor Ebenezer added that religious institutions should serve as good examples to others.
“Palliatives should be given to the widows and orphans in order to show the love of Christmas,” he added.
Pastor Ademola Olumide in charge of Redeemed Christan Church of God, Living Faith Parrish, Akure, said Christians should use the festive season to reflect on their existence in this world.
He encouraged everyone to take a moment to appreciate the blessings in their lives, even in difficult times.
“Let us remember the true meaning of Christmas and the values of love, peace, and compassion.
Pastor Olumide encouraged everyone to make resolutions that will help them grow in faith, compassion, and love. Let us resolve to be kinder to one another, to help those in need, and to work for a more just and peaceful world. Let us also be grateful for all that we have, and remember that no matter how challenging life may be, there is always hope.
He said Christians should remember that the true meaning of Christmas is not in the presents or the decorations, but in the spirit of love, hope, and peace that the season represents.