Most Rev. Anselm Umoren, the Auxiliary Bishop of Abuja has urged Christians to always appreciate God’s unique creation of diverse cultures and avoid all forms of envy.
Umoren gave the advised at the 2nd Edition and 2023 Feast and Cultural Day celebration at St. Matthews Parish, Ushafa, on Sunday in Abuja.
The theme is: “Culture as a tool for Peace and Progress.”
The cleric also warned them against the repercussions of not being thankful for God’s diverse blessings in individual`s live.
He took references from the book of Matthew 20: 1-16, that spoke about God’s reward to His people who acknowledge their blessings and how unbeneficial it was to be ungrateful.
” Every individual is made different and unique. This uniqueness of God’s creation must be celebrated at all times and not be obstructed by jealousy or envy of each other.
” Our diverse cultures in this country is a gift and not a source of conflict. We must learn to admire the beautiful work of God in our different ethnic groups.
” Learn to appreciate and make good use of whatever God has blessed your culture with. Appreciate it without being envious of what the other has, this opens room for more blessings.” he said.
He urged them to always be happy for others whom God has blessed differently, and to always be contented with whatever one received from God.
Umoren said envy corrupts the mind, blinds one’s vision and stops one from being thankful to God for everything, including the privilege to be alive.
He said:” Envy is the symptom of lack of appreciation. If you find yourself in this situation, it is time to change and put your attention on what God has done for you.
“In life, we often want to have the life and blessings of others. We look out of the corner of our eyes and fail to see what God has done or doing for us. We envy for no good reason.
” However, when we are genuinely happy for others, it shows that we appreciate what God has blessed us with and how unique we are, or else, envy obstructs the flow of God’s grace to us,”he said.
He prayed to God for the salvation of members of the church, also charged the congregation to nurture the habit of forgiveness, generosity, tolerance among each other and reaching out in love to one another.
The thanksgiving service was organised by the church to share love and to promote peaceful coexistence among residents in the area.