The Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has urged Christians to love and pray for their enemies, stating that true Christianity is loving one’s enemies irrespective of the wrongs done as that is the only way to change them.
Osinbajo revealed this on Sunday during a book lunch titled; ‘Felix Meduoye: The Footprints of an Apostle of Grace’ at the national headquarters of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos, Nigeria, Punch reports.
He said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is a contrarian gospel because it does not agree with our flesh. The Bible for instance says we must pray for our enemies, bless those who curse us and even those who persecute us but our flesh says we should curse those who curse us. In fact, curse them so much that they will not again dare to curse.
“The Scriptures say we should not revenge. The power of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ lies in that very contrarian nature. The gospel speaks to that which we do not want to accept.
“I have seen as I travel around the country how God’s love is demonstrated by other people, ordinary Christians; a woman whose two children were killed and her father was also injured in the North East. I spoke to her and she said, we still must pray for these people. These people are the people to whom we have been called. I was surprised.
“I have heard leaders of our faith who speak with such bitterness. When I heard this woman who had lost her two children speak, I knew she spoke from the very depth of the grace that God gives to those who truly believe in him and I know it is that kind of love that can conquer all situations and win souls and win over the worst of men and the worst of women. It is that exceptional kind of love that Christ himself taught us. But it is so difficult. Yet that is the gospel.” Osinbajo said.
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was present said, “Part of our aim is to bring righteousness into governance. Because of the pivotal role that Lagos State seats on, if we can get it right on all the narratives and all the themes in Lagos, perhaps we will have a positive correlation in Nigeria. And if we do well in Nigeria, the entire black race will have the positive taste of what we talk about.”
Chairman of the occasion and former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), explained that biographies were popular because they are believed to teach useful life lessons.
He also praised God for the favor evident in the life of the General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Reverend Felix Meduoye, adding that not every man will be humble to acknowledge the works of God in their lives.
The reviewer and pro-chancellor of the Ekiti State University, Professor Bamitale Omole, said the book could serve as a manual for anyone striving to succeed in life and ministry.
Meduoye appreciated all who found time to attend the event.