Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong Brenya together with Apostle Moses Otchere Ayarkwa of the Sunyani Apostle Area celebrated a divine service in Kukuom on July 11th, 2021, where 269 members gathered. During the divine service, 4 children were sealed with the Holy Spirit.
He read a text word from the book of Luke 10:33, “…but a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was and when he saw him he had compassion on him”.
The Lead Apostle thanked God for making way for such a gathering. He reiterated the fact that the prevalence of COVID-19 is not a punishment and advised the congregation to observe the protocols.
The Lead Apostle in his submission recounted how God Himself showed love and advised the church to act in accordance. He explained that the commandment to love our neighbour is more than a moral or ethical rule; love for God is inextricably linked with love for the neighbour.
Who is your neighbor?
The Lead Apostle emphasized that, the bible story of the Good Samaritan is a parable to demonstrate how we should love our neighbour as ourselves. When others need our help the most, like the man beaten by robbers on the road, our love for neighbours is truly tested. Jesus instructs us to be like the Good Samaritan, helping others in time of suffering and not the Priest and the Levite who neglected their neighbour.
A genuine Christ like attitude
What we see in the Good Samaritan is a genuine Christ-like attitude. Today, we do not lack opportunities to be good Samaritans, but we must first see the needs, feel compassion, and be willing to be inconvenienced in order to give of our time and resources to help. As we allow the love of Jesus to flow through our hearts, we will understand more and more what it means to our neighbor
In conclusion, the Lead Apostle advised that, Jesus showed one cannot hate another human being and still claim to love God. Our love for God and man is best expressed in showing mercy to people in need. “Let us show mercy wholeheartedly and God will reward us with eternity.”