By Chukwudi Ikpe
Christians have been charged to desire and accept the Holy Spirit so that it will make a positive change in their lives.
An Anglican cleric, Rev. Bethel Ohagwam gave the charge in a homily at St. James Anglican Church Uzii, Owerri, during the Women’s Special Sunday service last week.
He reminded Christians that no one can enter the Kingdom of God through human nature, unless transformed through baptism by water and Holy Spirit which brings newness of life.
Rev. Ohagwam who pastors at St. Michaels Anglican Church Obinze spoke on the them, “Living by the spirit” and took his text from Galatians 5:16-19.
He noted that the desires of human nature were not only evil but unacceptable to the Spirit and regretted that men tend to fulfill the desires of nature, thereby making themselves enemies of God.
The man of God condemned over-religiosity among men, stressing that Christianity is a practical religion which must show in their lives.
He enjoined the faithful to get rid of wickedness, malice, mischief and fraud, adding that they should “kill the flesh” and allow the spirit of God to lead them to success.
Rev. Ohagwam called on women to allow themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit, pointing out that, “your life must be the same with that of Christ”.
The Priest in charge of the church, Rev. Joe Amako, who presided over and conducted the holy communion service, called on the congregation to support the women. He also read the Gospel from Luke 6:27-38 while the Old Testament reading from Ezekiel 36:24-28 and the Epistle from Galatians 5:16-26 were read by Mr. James Ebizie and Mrs. Ijeoma Amako respectively.
The service featured find raising by the women who were dad in their centenary uniform.
Speaking after the service, the wife of the Priest in charge, Mrs. Ijeoma Amako explained that the Women’s Special Sunday was an annual event, popularly known as “Bring and sell”. According to her, it is a day set aside to raise support for the women of the church.
She expressed gratitude to God for the success of the event which was not expected due to the present harsh economy.
Also speaking, a Christian women leader, Comrade Ejiogu Nkiruka (Mrs.) described women as special creatures of God, adding that women are humble, fearless and not inferior as generally believed.
Comrade Ejiogu who is the National Secretary, Council of Women in Diaspora and Admin Secretary, Nigerian Women of Integrity called on women to always use their womanhood to the glory of God and to exhibit lives worthy of emulation as well as uphold the proper upbringing of their children.