Author: Godfrey

The Benefits of Christian Fellowship

Fellowship is an important part of our faith. Coming together to support one another is an experience that allows us to learn, gain strength, and show the world exactly what God is.

Each of us together shows all of God’s graces to the world. No one is perfect. We all sin, but each of us has a purpose here on Earth to show aspects of God to those around us. Each of us has been given specific spiritual gifts. When we come together in fellowship, it’s like us as a whole demonstrating God. Think of it like a cake. You need the flour, sugar, eggs, oil, and more to make a cake. The eggs will never be the flour. None of them make up the cake alone. Yet together, all those ingredients make a delicious cake. It is like that will fellowship. All of us together show the glory of God.

Fellowship Provides Encouragement

We all have bad moments. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a failed exam, money problems, or even a crisis of faith, we can find ourselves down. If we go too low, it can lead to anger and a feeling of disillusionment with God. Yet these low times are why fellowship is important. Spending tie with other believers can often lift us up a little bit. They help us to keep our eyes on God. God also works through them to provide us what we need in darker times. Coming together with others can aid in our healing process and give us the encouragement to move forward.

Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (NLT)

Fellowship Reminds Us We’re Not Alone

Coming together with other believers in worship and conversation helps to remind us that we are not alone in this world. There are believers everywhere. It’s amazing that no matter where you are in the world when you meet another believer, it’s like you suddenly feel at home. That’s why God made fellowship so important. He wanted us to come together so that we always know we’re not alone. Fellowship allows us to build those lasting relationships so we’re never by ourselves in the world.

1 Corinthians 12:21 “The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’ The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.'” (NLT)

Fellowship Helps Us Grow

Coming together is a great way for each of us to grow in our faith. Reading our Bibles and praying are great ways to get closer to God, but each of us has important lessons to impart to one another. When we come together in fellowship, we teach each other things. God gives us a gift of learning and growing when we come together in fellowship we show each other how to live as God wants us to live, and how to walk in His footsteps.

1 Corinthians 14:26 “Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.” (NLT)


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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of candidates who sat in more than 720 CBT centres for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted between Saturday, 19th and Tuesday, 22 June 2021.
2. Each concerned candidate is advised to check his/her result by sending UTMERESULT to 55019 through the GSM number used by each candidate to obtain profile code and UTME registration with the Board and their results would be relayed to them. Result for subsequent days would be released daily.
3. The Board notes with satisfaction that the utilisation of NIN (National Identification Number) has helped in curbing examination malpractices as the 2021 UTME has recorded the least incidence of irregularities since the inception of the CBT examinations in Nigeria.
4. Nevertheless, the Board would still review all the CCTV footages and other technical gadgets for detection of possible examination misconducts.
5. Extremely comparatively few results are being withheld for further investigation.
6. In addition, the Board would not hesitate to withdraw the results of any candidate subsequently found to have committed any form of examination misconduct.

Fabian Benjamin, Ph.D.


Even under the military. I experienced both systems. I will not change. I assure you that in spite of the problem we are having with the system, whoever we get correct intelligence on that they are not being accountable, we will ease them out without giving it publicity. Those that are holding responsible positions know that we do not tolerate corruption.

Q: Shekau is reported dead. Does that give an opportunity for us to zero in and secure the North East?

A: The problem of the North East is very difficult. The present Governor is working very hard. He is taking a lot of risks. I asked him, this Boko Haram, is it Nigerians or foreigners. He said they are Nigerians, most of them. You can’t kill innocent people and say God is great. I think we have a problem with unemployment. We have a lot of youth looking basically for what to eat, not to talk of accommodation and others. The level of poverty is almost unimaginable. Those who are keeping in touch with what we are doing know the difference between the time we came in and now. The people of the North-East and South-South are the best judges for the performance of this administration. They are in the know.

Q: Insecurity has moved from the North-East to the North-West. How do you respond to the issue of banditry in the North West?

A: We have had series of meetings and the whole security apparatus was changed. The ones that succeeded them have been part of the system. Each meeting lasted for more than two hours. firstly, I allowed them to go round and see the position on the ground. They made changes in their offices, commands. We are giving it less publicity because we do not want to make them aware that we are taking them head-on but I think those who are in the field know. For example, we stopped mining in Zamfara state, expelled the foreigners. We want to secure Zamfara, Sokoto and so on. The important is the question of local security apparatus. We have police in every town. They don’t wear uniforms and sling their rifle just to intimidate people. They just make sure they use it to bring security. I too was almost overwhelmed by the insecurity in the country but we are treating them as criminals now. The criminals have suffered a lot of causalities but they will not admit it because they don’t want to demoralise their other members but they have suffered a lot of casualties.

Q: Still on the issue of security, each zone in the country have taken matters into their own hands with different security apparatus like the Civilian JTF, Amotekun. Has the time come to now formalise state police in Nigeria?

A: I have been reading it in the newspapers. Those who are old enough to know the earlier Police and so on. At that time, the traditional institution leaders were very effective. I will give you an example that happened recent. Two governors from the South-East came to tell me that the cattle rearers were killing farmers in their states. I told them that you are the ones elected by your people, go back and figure it out yourselves. There are traditional leaders who have been there for generations so they know all the crooks in their locality. So the security operatives, cattle rearers, farmers and others should meet either quarterly or annually and discuss the security system. So I told the governors to go back to the old system so that they will have intelligence and know things happening in their constituencies. They cannot just go round during elections, only to win, relax and expect others to do their jobs for them.

Q: Mr President, the governors in the southern part of the country recently called for restructuring and announced a ban on open grazing. Despite that, the AGF said he didn’t know what they were talking about. What steps are you planning to take to put an end to the farmers-herders clash?

A: You want me to contradict my Attorney-General? What I did was to ask them to go and dig the gazette of the 1st Republic when people were obeying laws. There were cattle routes and grazing areas. Cattle routes were for when they (herdsmen) are moving upcountry, north to south or east to west, they had to go through there. “If you allow your cattle to stray into any farm, you are arrested. The farmer is invited to submit his claims. The khadi or the judge will say pay this amount and if you can’t the cattle are sold. And if there is any benefit, you are given and people were behaving themselves and in the grazing areas, they built dams, put windmills in some places there were even veterinary departments so that the herders are limited. Their route is known, their grazing area is known.

But I am telling you, this rushing to the centre so I asked for the gazette to make sure that those who encroached on these cattle routes and grazing areas will be dispossessed in law and try to bring some order back into the cattle grazing. The problem is trying to understand the culture of the cattle rearers. There is a cultural difference between the Tivs and the Fulanis. So, the governor of Benue said I am not disciplining the cattle rearers because I am one of them. I cannot say I am not one of them but he is being very unfair to me and I told him that the Nigerian cattle rearer was not carrying anything more than a stick sometimes with a machete to cut some trees and feed his cattle but those sophisticated ones move with AK 47.

So, from other areas, people rush to Nigeria you know and Fulanis from Mauritania and Central Africa look the same so they feel they are the Nigerian ones and I assure you that we are trying to resuscitate these cattle routes, grazing areas and make them accountable. We will also bring back taxation because, without it, they feel they can do whatever they like.

Q: Restructuring the country was part of the APC’s manifesto in 2015. What is your position on the devolution of powers?

A: The three tiers of government, if they had agreed properly on the devolution of powers, this problem would not have occurred at all. The local government is virtually killed and that is not good for this country because those who are the LG chairmen have been compromised. If your local government is entitled to 300m, a letter will come to you to sign that you received N300m, whereas you received 100m.

Q: How can we reduce the powers of governors and give more powers to the local government by writing a new constitution?

A: I think this question of accountability is very important. The education system has suffered a lot. If for example, in my generation, I spent nairas throughout. The Teachers then treated us like their own children. If you do well, you will be applauded before the class likewise if you perform badly, you will be flogged in front of the class. Basically, the standard of education has dropped.

Q: The schools in the north have been under attack by bandits who have been requesting money from parents of kidnapped students. How do you think that the goal of over N100m will be met?

A: Well, try and appreciate the efforts that the Federal Government has done. We have told the Chief of Army Staff and Inspector-General of Police to go round and see what the problem is. They are in charge. They are working very hard. All those killing and stealing in the name of Allah, as I said, will be treated in the language they understand. We have told the police and military to be ruthless. We told them that the bandits cannot continue keeping people from their families. Sooner than later, Nigerians will see the difference.

Q: How do you plan to restore peace in the South East?

“I was encouraged by what I heard, nobody told me. Two statements from the south-south. One by the elderly people, they said this time around there would be no (secession). And again the youth made the same statement; such encouragement. That IPOB is just like a dot in a circle. Even if they want to exit, they will have no access to anywhere. And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses and properties, I don’t think IPOB knows what they are talking about. In any case, we say we’ll talk to them in the language that they understand. We’ll organise the police and the military to pursue them. That’s what we can do.

Q: How do you plan to include the people of the South-East in your government, especially in terms of security?

A: People who have been there for 18 years or even for 10 years, they trained in Zaria or in Abeokuta, they come through the ranks. And because they served under all the circumstances, the crises and everything and they gradually rise to that status and you think you just pick somebody just to balance up? These positions have to be earned. There are people who have been there for 10-15 years. You have to put someone who has suffered with soldiers, whom they know and will understand. It has to be someone who will expose himself to them.

Q: On power rotation, there is an agreement in APC to move power from North to South. Where do you think the next president should come from to keep your legacy going?

A: Shouldn’t we allow the party to decide, I just told you that we started from the bottom to the top. I told the acting chairman and a committee to give me the report by the end of the month on the convention they are going to conduct and then arrange general elections until 2023. All the elections. And we started this from the bottom to the up, so that members of the party will be sure they are involved in decision making. Nobody is just going to sit in Lagos and tell them what to do. This is what we are arranging. The succession plan depends on the party. The party will sit and make its decision by the constituencies they won. So those who want to be president, better join APC.”

Q: We are losing foreign direct investments to neighbouring countries. What will you do to make the country more attractive to foreign direct investments to the country?

A: This question was answered last year when there was the #EndSARS protest. Do you remember the young people that wanted to march here and remove me? I got members of the Executive Council to go to each state and speak to the governor, traditional leaders, business people to tell their youths to behave themselves if they want jobs. Nobody is going to invest in an insecure environment. Tell the young people to behave themselves and make the country safe, then we can attract real investors to the country.

Q: How will Nigeria deal with the issue of subsidy?

A: It is a very difficult question and I suspect you know that. Nigeria petroleum is being sold from here to Ghana. You see people smuggling fuel through borders, bushes. What we should do is to try and get the cooperation of Customs, Immigration so that they can secure borders and fuel will not be taken in substantial amounts to other countries. I have heard of Customs confiscating tankers and selling them yet Nigerians do not complain.

Q: Nigerians are curious about how your administration keeps carrying our infrastructure to the Niger Republic. They want to know your obsession with the country.

A: How many neighbours do we have? If we are not in a good relationship with our neighbours, Boko Haram will have worsened. I told you the border between Nigeria and Niger is less than 100km. There are Hausas, Fulanis, Kanuris in Niger Republic, justlike there are Yorubas in Benin Republic. You cannot absolutely cut them off. Niger has discovered oil and we do not want to let them go through the Benin Republic. We hope they will decide to send their exports through Nigeria rather than the Benin Republic. I believe if you make the infrastructure available, it will keep Nigerians busy.

Q: What projects will interest you after retirement?

A: Thank you very much for thinking I am okay. I have never abandoned my farm. I still have a number of cattle. When I leave, I will go to my farm and try and keep myself busy. I will try to keep on convincing Nigerians that I mean very well. I will continue to work for them. I am overwhelmed by the problems in the North-East but we will overcome them.

Statement of Secretary General of Religions for Peace, Dr. Azza Karam on Violence Against Civilians in Gaza and Jerusalem

May 12, 2020
The violence against civilians in Gaza and in Jerusalem must stop. Violence breeds more violence, increases human suffering, and delays the long, hard work of building a just peace. This violence is – further and deadly – evidence of failed leadership, in every sense.
Religions for Peace believes that peace can be achieved only by honoring the rights of each, and both, of the Palestinians and the Israelis; facilitating painful but honorable compromises through sustained dialogue; and engaging the moral convictions shared by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who know the Holy Land to be their common home.
Neither the suffering of so many innocent Palestinians nor the attacks targeting innocent Israelis can be justified. These acts fuel cycles of violence and produce no productive nor sustainable solutions.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims, supported by the goodwill of believers of all faiths, must unite in the calls and efforts to build peace. Religions for Peace knows from it’s half a century of multi-religious peace building efforts, that real security is shared security.
There will be no peace for anyone, unless there is peace and security for each and all, in the Holy Land.


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A Spark of Hope

“A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse.” – Mark 5:25 26 NASB

This woman had every reason to feel hopeless. For twelve years, she had done everything possible to stop her hemorrhaging. She had gone to physicians and tried their cures. In the process, she “had spent all that she had,” but nothing worked. Instead of getting better, she “rather had grown worse.”

But she had a spark of hope when she heard about Jesus. She sought Him out, working her way through the throng until she could touch His cloak. She had the faith to believe that “if I just touch His garments, I will get well.” Her faith was rewarded, and instantly she was healed.

Many people are like this woman. They may have struggled with health issues or finances, illnesses or crippling habits, family or relationship problems. In the process, they may have read every book, been to countless doctors, watched every TV show, and tried every solution they could find. Yet nothing seemed to work.

Faced with this frustration, some give up and feel hopeless and discouraged. But others are like this woman and realize that there is hope in Jesus. Instead of giving up, they reach out to touch Him with every ounce of faith they can muster.

Today, do you need a New Beginning in your life? Have you struggled with problems without success? Have you tried “everything” and nothing seems to work? Cry out to Jesus. Tell Him your needs, frustrations, and problems. Obey His Word and believe that He can meet your needs. In every area of your life, He can give you a New Beginning.


Father, I commit these situations to You: _________. I reach out in faith and trust in You. Thank You for the answers I need. I believe that You can do all things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Read Why Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, saying “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the pair tweeted.

They first met in the 1980s when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm.

The billionaire couple have three children and jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organisation has spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children.

The Gates – along with investor Warren Buffett – are behind the Giving Pledge, which calls on billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to good causes.

Bill Gates, 65, is the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes, and is worth $124bn (£89bn).

He made his money through the firm he co-founded in the 1970s, Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company.

The pair both posted the statement announcing their divorce on Twitter.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” it read.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

Their 25-year-old daughter, Jennifer Gates, wrote on Instagram: “It’s been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family. I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions”.

How did they get together?

Melinda, now 56, joined Microsoft as a product manager in 1987, and the two sat together at a business dinner that year in New York.

They began dating, but as Bill told a Netflix documentary: “We cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married.”

Melinda said she found Bill – methodical it seems even in matters of the heart – writing a list on a whiteboard with the “pros and the cons of getting married”.

They got married in 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, reportedly hiring all the local helicopters to stop unwanted guests flying over.

Bill stepped down from Microsoft’s board last year to focus on his philanthropic activities.

What is the Gates Foundation?

  • The couple established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 in Seattle
  • The foundation focuses primarily on public health, education and climate change
  • Its grants included some $1.75bn to vaccine initiatives and research during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • In 2019, the foundation had net assets of more than $43bn
  • Bill and Melinda Gates pumped more than $36bn into the foundation between 1994 and 2018

Source: Reuters news agency

While the pair may branch off into separate charity initiatives, analysts say the work of the Gates Foundation is likely to continue.

“They have built this from the ground up, over the last 20 years, they share a deep commitment to it,” US author and journalist David Callahan told the BBC World Service.

“The work of the foundation is likely to go on. This is not some small family foundation that’s going to fall apart because a marriage is falling apart,” he said.

What role did Melinda play in their campaigning?

“Bill and I are equal partners,” she told the Associated Press in an interview in 2019. “Men and women should be equal at work.”

In her recent memoir The Moment of Lift, she wrote about her childhood, life and private struggles as the wife of a famous figure and and stay-at-home mother with three kids.

Working together at the foundation had made their relationship better, she argued. “He’s had to learn how to be an equal, and I’ve had to learn how to step up and be an equal,” she wrote.

Apart from her work with the foundation she founded Pivotal Ventures, an investment company focused on women and families, in 2015.

“The world is finally waking up to the fact that none of us can move forward when half of us are held back,” she said at the time. “The data is clear: empowered women transform societies.”

How we can be doers of God’s Word?

The word of God is not just meant to be preached. It’s meant to be practiced. It’s not just meant to be delivered, it’s meant to be done! The book of James gives us a step by step procedure?

1. Preparation to Receive God’s Word
Read James 1:19-20. The phrase ‘Take note of this’ (NIV) is a call for the reader’s/listener’s preparation. There are three things I must be careful to do whenever I hear or read God’s word.

  • Quick to listen: Listening is a discipline I must cultivate. I need to maintain an attitude of listening and have a teachable spirit. Do you know there are certain sermons that people don’t want to hear: Tithing, moral issues etc.
  • Slow to speak: Criticizing the preacher, seeking to spot theological and doctrinal errors, problems with the presentation style, comparing preachers and interrupting the preacher are few things that prevents us from listening.
  • Slow to become angry: refers to the attitude of anger other than isolated instances of it. You can’t listen to a preacher whom you dislike. “an angry spirit is never a listening, teachable spirit” says Kent Hughes.

2. Proper Reception of God’s Word
Read James 1:21. Some people wonder why their local church is remaining in an un-revived condition. A church that is non-receptive blocks the move of the Spirit of God. James identifies all moral filth and evil as the causes of non-receptive attitude.

  • Get rid of all moral filth (offensive attitudes and behaviors) and evil (translated ‘malice’ in 1 Peter 2:1)
  • The Bible says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
  • I have two choices. Arrogantly resist the transforming power of the word or humbly accept it and let it change me.

3. Acting in accord with God’s Word
Read James 1:22-25. The man who doesn’t practice what he heard is like a man who looks (Greek: katanoeo – to observe fully) at the mirror and forgets what his appearance is like after walking away.

  • I am more accountable than people that did not hear because I heard and know what God is expecting me to do.
  • The word of God has power to seek me and transform my entire being, (Hebrews 4:12)
  • To be a doer of this word means to consciously permit its transforming force to change my thoughts, attitudes, deeds, speech, my reactions to situations and individuals.

Scripture clearly outlines the difference between doers and non-doers of word. Check to see if you need to adjust.

  • Doers are people of wisdom. They find strength in God’s word in stormy times. In the Bible non-doers are called fools and when hardships come they will fall immediately, (Matthew 7:24-27).
  • Doers will inherit eternal life. Others will be condemned, (Matthew 13:24-30)
  • Doers are people of integrity. Non doers are hypocrites, (Matthew 23:13)

2021 PACE Youth Multimedia Fellowship Application

Apply now to join the Making a Difference with Multimedia 2021 Fellowship cohort!

If you are part of a youth-led organization working on environmental conservation or reproductive health advocacy and you want to expand your influence, become a more effective communicator, and build up your multimedia production skills, this opportunity is for you.


Leaders from selected organizations will participate in a six-month interactive training program focused on the building blocks of effective and sustainable advocacy. Training topics include understanding and interpreting data and evidence, strategic messaging, multimedia production skills, and community mobilization/engagement best practices. Between monthly training sessions, fellows will use their new skills and knowledge to plan and launch a multimedia campaign focused on a topic of their choice.

Participants will receive coaching and feedback from fellowship staff and senior fellows from Bridge Connect Africa Initiative (BCAI), a youth-led institution based in Kano State, Nigeria. Other direct support, including professional mentorship in multimedia skills and grants for equipment and travel will also be available to fellows.

Campaigns may focus on any population, environment, and reproductive health theme, but they must address a challenge that is relevant to fellows’ countries and communities. Possible campaign themes include:

  • sustainable agriculture
  • deforestation
  • pollution or toxic waste
  • preservation of plant and animal species
  • environmental degradation
  • contraception/family planning
  • child marriage
  • female-genital mutilation/cutting
  • gender-based violence
  • HIV and AIDS
  • maternal health

Highlights from the work of alumni fellows can be found here; prospective applicants are invited to explore what previous cohorts have done to get ideas for the types of products they may choose to develop during their fellowship.

The Making a Difference with Multimedia Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is organized by PRB under the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) project, which recognizes that young people are powerful agents of transformation when armed with effective communication tools and strategies.


Applications will be considered only if they meet all the requirements listed below. Please read these criteria carefully before applying.

Requirements for organizational applicants:

  • Led by youth (ages 18-29)
  • Able to communicate effectively in English, as trainings and correspondence with PACE staff will be done in English (advocacy campaigns can be in other languages).
  • Must be based in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, or Zambia (USAID family planning priority countries)
  • Must read, understand, and commit to the USAID Global Health Legislative and Policy Requirements


Applications must be submitted online and are due by midnight (Eastern US time) on April 30, 2021, although we encourage interested organizations to apply as soon as possible. Please designate one individual to complete and submit the application on behalf of your organization, as only one application per organization will be considered. The selection process is expected to be competitive, with a large volume of applications received for a relatively small number of fellowship spots.

All applications that meet the requirements will be reviewed and considered, and finalists will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with PACE staff. Organizations selected for the 2021 fellowship cohort will be notified by the end of May. Project kickoff and the first monthly training session will take place in June, with additional training sessions and campaign activities continuing through December 2021.

Click Here to Apply

The wounds of Jesus are His glories

“Lo, in the midst of the throne… stood a Lamb as it had been slain.” Revelation 5:6
Why should our exalted Lord appear in His wounds in glory? The wounds of Jesus are His glories, His jewels, His sacred ornaments. To the eye of the believer, Jesus is passing fair because He is “white and ruddy” white with innocence, and ruddy with His own blood. We see Him as the lily of matchless purity, and as the rose crimsoned with His own gore. Christ is lovely upon Olivet and Tabor, and by the sea, but oh! there never was such a matchless Christ as He that did hang upon the cross. There we beheld all His beauties in perfection, all His attributes developed, all
His love drawn out, all His character expressed. Beloved, the wounds of Jesus are far more fair in our eyes than all the splendour and pomp of kings. The thorny crown is more than an imperial diadem. It is true that He bears not now the sceptre of reed, but there was a glory in it that never flashed from sceptre of gold. Jesus wears the appearance of a slain Lamb as His court dress in which He wooed our souls, and redeemed them by His complete atonement. Nor are these only the ornaments of Christ: they are the trophies of His love and of His victory. He has divided the spoil with the strong. He has redeemed for Himself a great multitude whom no man can number, and these scars are the memorials of the fight. Ah! if Christ thus loves to retain the thought of His sufferings for His people, how precious should his wounds be to us!
“Behold how every wound of His
A precious balm distils,
Which heals the scars that sin had made,
And cures all mortal ills.
“Those wounds are mouths that preach His grace;
The ensigns of His love;
The seals of our expected bliss
In paradise above.”