But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “you must love the lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: love your neighbor as you love yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”-Mathew 22:34-40
All I have ever endeavored to do as a pastor, is to show you how to love the lord your God and one another. If there’s one thing that Christ advocated and exemplified the most even unto his death, it is love!
This is even more demonstrated in 1corinthians 13:1-3 when Paul said;
If I could speak all the languages of the earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but If I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Seated in our midst, there are people here who cannot stand other communities. My call to you according to scriptures in short is, desist from hatred. All that is your salvation is hinged on love. It’s God’s love that made it possible for you to have fellowship with him through Christ’s death. God loved you and I so much that he gave the life of his only son for our sin.
Your enemy is not another human being-it is principalities.
We should be wary about the negative conversations in the privacy of our homes about ‘other tribes.’ As Christians, we must champion love for others more than anything else. Wherever you go love the lord, and whatever you do, seek to show the love of God.
This being the last sermon I am presiding over as your senior pastor of Citam Ngong, I wish to say that the greatest battle I fought in my tenure here was not in the construction of this building but hate for one another. If the enemy can get you to begin gossiping about one another, you will certainly become an ineffective Christian.
Fellow Christians, at all costs avoid the temptation of sowing discord amongst yourselves. The incoming pastor and deputy are coming in next week. They need your prayers, love and support. If you want to find fault, I can guarantee you that you will find because we are all human beings who make mistakes.
May this be a church known for loving one another.
The ushers, worship team, men’s ministry, youth, media- demonstrate Christ by loving one another.
Pastors love one another and do not compete.
Advisory committee, love one another!
There are two things I would like to state;
- It’s not always easy and perfect to be a pastor. As the congregation, do not let yourself fall into the trap of gossiping about your pastors. They are human too, with families that get hurt just like everyone else. Remove yourself from conversations that demean a pastor or anyone for that matter for such actions (gossip) lead only to destruction.
- We are not a Nasa or Jubilee congregation. Matter of fact those two parties have become vehicles of hatred in the country. As a people of God, we need leadership that breaks away from division and embraces inclusiveness of all tribes. We must refuse to be labeled by worldly ideas, but by God.
Even in our own individual families, there is that one sibling who is always troublesome. When everyone is going right he goes left. The father always, doesn’t reject him, but among his well-behaved children, choses one and puts him in charge of that rogue one. Why, because all the children he’s got are his. And so, does Jesus. We are all his! He did not come to die for the righteous, but for the one who was lost.
It is our responsibility to seek out every avenue of living harmonious with one another. Though sometimes hard, the holy spirit will guide us if we let him. Let us not hate one another because of politics, for as tomorrow shall be day again, our politicians will shift positions. Our eyes should be on the prize.
As a matter of necessity now more than ever, we must epitomize the words of Psalms 133:1-3;
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aarons head, that ran down his beard and unto the boarder of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from mount Hermon, that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
For we might discard love and inclusivity, but therein lies the blessings from God. To God, hate is equivalent to murder. That is how serious God takes it. Let’s embrace one another even when the world spews hate in every turn. For we know that we are Christ’s ambassadors.