I once asked my mentor the question “who exactly is my neighhbour?” Is it my own family members or the next door families to my right and to my left, the next person beside me in the public bus or the driver to a taxi that picked me up or my hired driver that gets paid monthly?
Her response stunned me when she said..”The entire human race GOD created is your neighbour.” In shock I said, “no way.Are you telling me to love a hired assassin, a robber, a rapist, a fraud, the killers in the Northern part of my country? No way!!!” She didn’t argue with me but took me down Bible lane.
Stripped of all the theological debates and boiled down to its raw essence, Christianity and Christians will be judged by two actions: how much we love GOD and how well we demonstrate this by loving our neighbour. Continue reading →
It’s 1:00pm on a Tuesday; I’m bored at the office thinking “when do I get to go home.” Suddenly, my phone buzzes me out of my daydream. It’s a panic message from a friend saying she has started something she can’t finish; I call her immediately to find out what’s going on. She narrates how she started a fight with her husband regarding some of their past issues and it didn’t elicit the response she expected as her husband also brought up her past mistakes and the whole thing became a mess she could not control. So while I was comforting her and trying to advise her, I thought…..is this, what love is supposed to be? Continue reading →
culled from the sermon Divine Love & Prejudice by Pastor Afolabi Oladele
The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 is a story we heard as kids in C.R.K. Classes in Primary school or as we grew up in Sunday School. It ‘s always seemed like JUST-A-STORY/FAIRY TALE.
Luk 10:30-37 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Continue reading →
This is a topic that has been haunting me for about a week now, I’ve discussed it with five or six different people within the span of a week and now, I have finally decided to be an obedient child of God and put pen to paper (figuratively of course). I truly hope this will bring deliverance to many of us that find it difficult to say no.
A friend of mine once told me that poverty is so endemic because the poor keep giving to the poor rather than consolidating themselves till they get a start and can afford to give. She also mentioned that they should take a cue from rich people who are often cost-conscious. Continue reading →