Christians urged to resist temptations at lent
The Bishop of Egbu Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor has enjoined Christians to be very careful not to fall prey to the antics of the Satan, especially in the ongoing Lenten period, saying it is a time that men and women are tried in several ways by Satan, the devil.
The Bishop described the season as very important in the life of every Christian, adding that the Lenten period reminds one of the dangers of succumbing to trials that could easily be overcome.
The cleric disclosed this during the Holy Communion service and foundation stone laying of the staff quarters of the church held recently at St. Matthias Anglican Church, Elelem in Ngor Okpala Local Council of Imo State.
Quoting Matthew 4:1-11 to buttress his point, the Bishop said that Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and thereafter, was led to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, but could not succumb.
He added that Jesus also was led to the top of the temple where Satan asked him to jump down from there to prove his Sonship and in all Jesus defeated the devil.
The cleric noted that Jesus also refused to bow down for the devil at the third attempt to make Jesus Christ fall before Satan finally departed from him.
Admonishing Christians to always emulate Jesus Christ and how he overcame trials and temptations that came on his way, Okorafor cautioned farmers cultivating during this season not to quarrel with their brothers and other kinsmen, saying this is the period for Satan and his agents to instigate quarrel among brethren.
• Henry Amadi is the Diocesan Communicator of Egbu Diocese