Editor's Comment

Let love lead

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina (right) with former presidents Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda (left) during the National Day of Prayers, Fasting and Reconciliation at Lusaka National House of Prayers site yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

AS ZAMBIANS from all walks of life gathered at various venues to commemorate the National Day of Prayer yesterday, it is hoped that the message of love and reconciliation will not end with the event but live on in the hearts of many.
This year’s event was commemorated under the theme: Facing the Future As A Reconciled, United and Prosperous Nation under God’s Guidance.
President Edgar Lungu led hundreds of Zambians in prayer and fasting at Godfrey Chitalu Stadium in Kabwe while Vice-President Inonge Wina was among hundreds others that gathered at the National House of Prayer site in Lusaka.
Collectively, thousands of Zambians and other nationals gathered at various other locations around the country to make or renew their commitment to unity, prayer, fasting and reconciliation.
While it is good that the commemoration was a success, there is need to ensure that citizens live up to the theme of reconciling and uniting.
However, if there is going to be true reconciliation and unity all Zambians, regardless of status, must heed President Lungu’s message to love one another.
President Lungu has called on Zambians to respond to their Christian values and love one another like Jesus loves the Church.
Love is the foundation on which genuine human relations are anchored.
Regardless of efforts made, it is practically impossible for people to reconcile and unite genuinely without love in their hearts.
Many scriptures in the Holy Bible and various schools of thought have underscored the importance of embracing the value of love in society.
Renowned Indian freedom activist Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Where there is love there is life”.
English poet and playwright Robert Browning also said “Without love, our earth is a tomb”.
Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
Indeed without love life is meaningless and whatever we do is in futility.
Actually the absence of love is the cause of the world’s challenges today including Zambia.
Wars, political enmity, gender-based violence, murders, robberies, street kids and corruption, among many evil deeds, point to the absence of love.
The Bible in Galatians 5:14 says: “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.”
The scriptures clearly demonstrate that it takes love to maintain law and order in society.
If all citizens, for instance, upheld God’s commandment to love one’s neighbour as self, this country would be a better place today.
The Bible in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
If more Zambians have love, they will not struggle with unforgiveness, disunity and many other vices that threaten our ability to become a prosperous nation.
Without love it is impossible to unite and without unity we cannot achieve much as a country.
The Bible says a house divided against itself cannot stand.
For the sake of mother Zambia, let every citizen allow love to lead in all they do.

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