By Ebele Orakpo
Christians have been called upon to preach and practice love which is the most important aspect of the Christian walk. Making the call was Prof. Joe Okungbowa while deliver-ing a message entitled: The more excellent way, during the outing service for the late father of Dr. Omadeli Boyo, the senior pastor of Chapel of His Presence, Ajao Estate, Lagos.
The US-based Nigerian who took his text from I Corinthians 12:31 and I Corinthians 13:1-3, noted that many churches no longer preach love but ra-ther lay more emphasis on faith and power, forgetting love, the greatest force on earth.
Explaining the passage, Okungbowa said: “Even if you have had all the faith you can, you’ve cast out de-vils, you’ve moved mount-ains, you have the gift of prophecy and can give every prophecy the world needs and you have all spiritual understanding and knowledge, but if you don’t have love, the Bible says you are nothing! No-thing means you don’t exist. Nothing means there is no record of you in crea-tion.”
Continuing he said: “The devils know that somebody cast them out but there is no record of you. You move mountains and they know they have been moved from their original place but there is no record of who moved them. No re-cord of you in heaven.”
He stated that faith is important because the Bible says without faith, it is impossible to please God. Faith is a powerful thing but the Bible did not say that without faith you are nothing. The professor of microbiology stated that love is so important be-cause love is of God and God is love, adding that the Bible did not say that God is faith or hope alth-ough the two are very imp-ortant.
He said although love is so important but the church doesn’t talk much about it because “we love power, we love anointing, we love demonstration of miracles but yet the Bible sees you as nothing if you don’t have love. Some people see love as women’s stuff and not a proper emotion for ‘real men.’