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Cleric Urges Nigerians to imbibe spirit of love 

By Nofisat Marindoti, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo

The Area Superintendent, the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Apostle, Osun State, Apostle Johnson Akanni, on Sunday charged people of the country to imbibe the spirit of love and reflect the gesture in all they do.

Apostle Akanni gave the charge in Ikire during a special Church service as part of activities marking 2017 Press week of Osun state correspondents’ of Nigeria Union Journalist.


Apostle Akanni described love as the pillar of existence, saying if not for love earth wouldn’t have come into existence let alone man’s existence.

The cleric said God created man and gave him the domineering power over other creatures because of the ultimate love He has for man.

According to him, “If not for love, God will not make man to have dominion over other creatures. If not for love, animals are even enough to destroy man but because of the authority on to which God given on to man, thus He made animals, demons, Jins among others to be subservient and servitude to man.

“If not because of love, Jesus wouldn’t have surrendered Himself for the sake of man’s safety. Jesus became sacrificial lamb because of His love for mankind.

So, love is the pillar that holds existence as world was created because of the love that God has for mankind. So, it behooves on every soul to love one another.

“We need to serve God in truth and faith. We must love ourselves. One is not a true believer until he or she loves others as he or she loves himself or herself. We must love one another.

“The commandment of God is for us to love others as He loves us. He said the reasons for the celebration of the birth of Christ is to show on to beings the purpose of His birth, the circumstances attached to his life and the supreme love he had for mankind.

“The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (Chrsmas), is to rejoice in Him the love Jesus had for mankind that made Him to lay His life for the salvation of humanity”, he stressed.

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