Rev. Johnson Levi of the Assemblies of God Church(AG), has called on Nigerians to learn to live together in peace and harmony.
Levi, also the district superintendent of AG, made this call on the sideline of its “Compassionate Sunday” designed for the purpose of positivity affecting the lives of the needy, at the National Worship Centre, on Sunday in Abuja.
The cleric called on Nigerians to remain steadfast and continue to pray for peace and unity of the country.
He said that Nigerians must be united and hope for a better future.
According to him, religious have critical role to play to strengthen peaceful co-existence in the country.
He, however, advised religious leaders to continue to preach peace and not violence to their members.
Speaking on compassion, he said that the Church decided to do what Jesus did, he added that the gospel is incomplete without attending to human physical problems.
Levi stressed the need for Christians to emulate the godly characteristics of Jesus Christ.
He said Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the needy multitude exhausted.
The cleric said that twice Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the hungry multitude without food.
“The two blind men and the leper also stirred His compassion, as does the sorrowful widow of Nain.
“The king has compassion on his bankrupt servant and forgave him his debt, showing how we should forgive one another.
“The Samaritan has compassion on the Jewish victim and cares for him in love.
“Finally, the father has compassion on his rebellious son, “ he said.
Levi called on Church leaders, Pastors and Ministers to also show compassion toward their congregation and not just to give them the gospel alone.
“The feeding of 5000 people, when they were hungry Jesus didn’t send them away.
“He gave them hope and fed them because they needed food to have physical strength,” he said.
Rev. Levi urged Nigerians, particularly politicians to be generous with their endowments, and also live a life of contentment and shun greed in all ramifications.
He stressed the need for Christians to help others, especially those in need, saying we must try to positively touch the lives of others, care and improve the welfare of our fellow citizens.
Newsmen report that there was distribution of food items to those in need to celebrate the Compassionate Sunday.
The cleric also said that Nigeria needed a leader that knows what unity stands for, because a nation finds its security in the strength of its leadership.
“God gave us not just rulers but leaders with the heart of God that will make Nigerians realised peace with the mind of God,
According to him, the country needs leaders, who know the benefit of unity and peace that will engender progress and development.
“ We need leaders not because they are our kingsmen but because they know the importance of uniting a nation,” he said.
“When leaders begin to look for ways they can benefit from their position, things begin to fall apart,” he said.
While condemning the recent killings across the the country, Rev. Levi said that the killings were worrisome, and urged the families of the victims to have the heart of forgiveness.
“No holy book encourages war or hostility. Why then do we have hatred, malice and intolerance?
“God will fight for us and we shall hold our peace. We must move forward, we are a people of prophesy, he said.