Compassion, generosity and love

On a period like this one, Easter, we reflect on the core values that personified Jesus Chris, the Savior of the world; compassion, generosity, humility and love.

This Easter week is a very important moment in the Christian calendar. It is, as Socialist Party leader Fred M’membe says, a time when the world remembers the life, sacrifice and living legacy of Jesus Christ – a man of incomparable compassion, generosity, grace, humility and love for one another. These are values that defined Him while He lived and walked the earth. These values are still extremely important in the world today where we are surrounded with selfishness and greed. Followed to the letter, these values can help in making our communities, countries better places for all of us to live in and thrive.

In an ideal, fair society, people feel or show sympathy and concern for others; they are kind, giving and helping without expecting anything in return. People and their leaders are of a humble disposition and live sacrificially for each other.

As Jose Marti would say, “A true man should feel on his cheek the blow against the cheek of any a man”. Literally, Easter should call us – reminds us – of the virtues of solidarity to fellow man. We all must express solidarity to the oppressed peoples of the world.

In an ideal society, there would be no corruption, the type we are experiencing in Zambia today – violence, even political or ethnic violence and other evils. Our leaders would be more caring and fair in their treatment of others and would try, with all their might, to lift that least of the society out of their condition. The opposite is the norm in the Zambian society where anyone who expresses a divergent opinion from those in the ruling class is subjected to humiliation including having their businesses shut down.

We agree with Dr M’membe when he says the values of compassion, generosity, humility and love, if embraced, like Jesus Christ did, will make Zambia a more just, fairer and humane society – a Zambia, which is tolerant, generous and caring.

Dr M’membe posits: “In the book of Luke, we are told that Jesus said, ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ – advice that when followed makes for a happier, and better society for everyone”.

We must therefore aspire and actually attain such a society. It is possible and it can be done. Jesus left a profound example of love and sacrifice for us who look up to Him. Christ humbled himself even up to his death on the cross. Being divine, He was capable of defending himself but He chose the way of humility and He endured unbearable pain, suffering. He sacrificed that we may live who believe on Him.

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