PM Bainimarama: Be gracious and generous with fellow Fijians

Prime Minister and Minister for iTaukei Affairs, Sugar Industry and Foreign Affairs, Voreqe Bainimarama. Picture: RAMA/FILE

Fijian Prime Mnister Voreqe Bainimarama has stressed in his Easter message that during this long weekend, that people be gracious and generous with their friends, neighbours and fellow Fijians.

“Let us live out the lessons of Christ’s life and strive to meet His Holy example through the love we show those around us. Let that spirit of compassion and charity guide us through whatever awaits, whether it be adversity or joy,” Mr Bainimarama said in his message.

He said at At Good Friday, Christians honoured the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for men’s sins.

And on Easter Sunday, the miracle of His resurrection was celebrated – which, in the Christian faith, he said offered humanity the promise of eternal salvation.

“The Easter story is one of redemption, of renewal, and of faith. In the midst of the coronavirus plague upon the world, it is a story that can light hope in the hearts of people from all faiths that the present darkness will give way to brighter days,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“And it is love – like the love Jesus held for humanity – that will get us there.

“While he walked among us, Jesus was a champion of those most vulnerable. At the close of a harsh cyclone season, with a global pandemic and economic crisis on our backs, we have a new and painful grasp of what vulnerability means.”

As he called on people to be gracious and generous with others, the PM said the same must be used to lead people to a shared recovery and a powerful journey as one nation and one people, “guided by our values of love and unity, and comforted by our faith in a future that is better and safer …”.

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