Going to church has a way of reinforcing our feeling that God loves us. The praise and worship that takes you to His throne and you see yourself among the four and twenty elders, the ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands of angels; the choir ministration that often seems specially chosen for you; the sermon that corrects, strengthens and uplifts you; indeed every part of service gives you the feeling of being wrapped up in God’s loving arms.

Of course, you need to be in a living church where the true Gospel is preached and the ministers rely on the Holy Spirit, rather than on human knowledge and gimmicks, for this to happen.

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Thankfully, what happens to you when you worship under the flow of Holy Ghost anointing doesn’t end with the service. It stays with you: the divine coverage that brings supernatural protection, exemption, good health and provision. The whole atmosphere of His love and goodness persists ’cause in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

A friend once said that going to church is enough warfare against the devil when you are under heavy attack. Refusing to give up and just showing up, no matter how battered you are, gives the enemy pause ’cause without your lifting a finger, there’s enough power when the saints come together to discomfit the powers of darkness and put them to flight.

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And today, we had communion. It reminded me of one of my favourite scriptures, Song of Solomon 2:4:

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” – (KJV)

I learnt a song way back where it was paraphrased and I go with that every time.

“He’s brought me into His banqueting hall, and His banner over me is love.”

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The body and the blood of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, which we partake of in the communion gives us His life and reminds us of the supreme price of love He paid for us: His death in our place on the cross of Calvary that we might live and be reconciled with His Father (Matthew 26:26-28; John 6:51,53-56).

That’s where I’m coming from. I’ve been to the banqueting hall of my Lord and HIS BANNER OVER ME IS LOVE!

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  • Chukwuma Nkemjika

    This article is really inspiring, there is this joy we derive when ever we are in communion with God. Recently I observed that it’s only during exam period that sm student do go to church, but once they are done , they will return to dir normal ways. Its not meant to be so, we should always maintain that close contact with God no matter d situation whether good or bad and not wen we are in dire need of smtin.

    • Edith Ohaja

      You’re right, Nkemjika! We get the best out of our relationship with God when we actually love Him and don’t use Him as a vending machine as my friend, Pamela Johnson, calls it.

  • Uchechi ukonu

    I concur ma! But this feeling is derived when the ministering vessels are connected to the Almighty. Then His presence fills the auditorium to the extent that a sinner is convicted, mourners receive beauty for ashes and the low in spirit are lifted.

    • Edith Ohaja

      You’re right, my dear! If the ministers are working by their intellect and not by the Spirit, people will be dozing in church and many will go back the way they came. Bless you, Uchechi!

  • An Igbo adage says ‘ayuko mamiri onu, ogba ufufu’ loosely translated to mean, ‘A combine effort at something is more effective’.

    There is also a saying that ‘if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to far go together’.

    These wise sayings serve to further buttress the fact that in the heavenly race you need people to support you, and where else can you turn to for such support, if not the church?

    But its so sad seeing people running away from the church thee days, owing to different kinds of reasons.

    I earnestly hope things will change for the better in the nearest future.

    • Edith Ohaja

      It has to if we desire to work together to take the Gospel round the globe before the Lord Jesus returns.

  • Flawless Ifeanyi

    God, is the beginning and the end, he has already died for our sins. So we do not have any reason to go contrary to his words. Sacrifice is the love. He sacrificed himself for our good. As for me I don’t joke with God and the church because that’s the only reason why am where I am today

  • Ugwu patience

    Some people don’t see any reason for going to church. But for me, going to church is my hobby because that is where I learn the true things about life & above all,I always feel good after praising God. I love this post


    Daz true Ma


    Fantastic exposition. we are loved by the ultimate being, we received love through the sacrifices of His Son and this love is shared abroad in our hearts. This experience may not necessarily be dependent on how religious we are in keeping to laws but,”it is that which is”. Tht is, it is a universal experience that all must come to agree that we are loved and this love covers us and is even the basis of the totality of our being. I believe in this love and I experience and work in this love and I am a testimony of this love. I recommend this love, by this I mean that everybody reading this should strive to get to the level where there is an undoubting expression of this love in your heart.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Oga Philosopher, thank you! Personally, I preach repentance from sins and acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Saviour as the proper response to that love.

  • Chikwado Ezeh

    Truly, God loves us all, and He never misses an opportunity to show His love to us. But how have we acknowledged this love?

  • ogbaje jude Arinze

    May that banner of His(God) get us extricated from the impediment of the evil ones

  • Kathleen Louise Burnett

    We should never take our meeting together with our church family for granted. It is a special time for us to grow, and for each of us to be a part of the growth of the body of Christ.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Indeed it is. “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.'” Thank you very much, Kathleen. Showers of blessings on you and your family in Jesus’ name.

  • ngozi Okoro

    I feel dere is a need for some pple to recognize God and his infinit love for us…… But for one to be aware of his love u have to depend on his scripture……I love dis work #wise

  • odo chidera

    Some people think that God doesn’t know that they still exist.. And therefore there is no need to go to church. Not knowing that going to church alone can give them the full spiritual courage and heeling they need.
    Some take the church to b a building. Bt we should take it to be our fathers house, where we should be going from time to time, and this will aid our relationship with God and more blessings will come our way

  • Okorafor Nneoma Confidence

    there are many benefits derived when we worship God in the church with others as well as ministrations received. thank u ma for this inspirational piece

  • Chikwado Ezeh

    What have we done to merit such love?

  • Ejiofor Ekene Maduabuchi

    Absolutely stunning in every sense, God’s love for us has no measures as it is boundless.
    The question is, “why love us?”
    Well simply put, the answer remains, “because He loves us. ”
    In describing God, love is one word that explains everything about Him.
    We merit not such love, only he simply loves us.
    When man submits to the will of God, in wholesome worship and communication, dedicating their lives for the purpose of living in unison with righness and peace with nature, such love assumes an even greater magnitude.
    If only man can exhibit if to say a fraction of God’s love, then there will be no need for wars, no need for the gap between rich and poor, no prejudice, no embezelment of funds, no killings in the name of religion. If only…we would have been in one united earth.

  • Ruth Ejimanya O.

    Thats so true and also there is a need to understand the abundant and unconditional love of God to usward even when we were and are undeserving of it.

  • Okoroafor ijeoma Mary

    Yeah that’s true going to church helps us understand better that God loves us and his will for us is good not evil.


    it is true ma.

    • Asogwa Emmanuel

      Many see going to church as an ordinary attending of a social gathering while others say it is to fulfill all righteousness but the truth remains that going to church does more than we can imagine especially when we are connected with the invisible Spirit of God that governs the church

  • Okpe Nnedinso

    I agree with you ma.there is always this inner joy in me each time am in the church..Nd I believe this post will go a long way in helpin us to always be close to God..bless you

  • Oparaugo shalom

    i remember back then in junior secondary we always sing this song during assembly “his banner over us is love, his banner over us is looove he brought us….” i never really understood what it meant then, but now i can boldly say that truly his banner over me is love and i have every reason to go to church and worship him

  • Okoye chidi

    In d presence of God dere is fulness of job. he deserves all d praise.

  • His banner over us is love! I love that song from solomon. God has indeed listed us as under his banner. He has asked us to feast in the presence of our enemies! What great love. Inspiring post Edith! Thanks for sharing this.

    • Edith Ohaja

      And thank your for your visit, Olu! His love is ever with us, so we can’t stop talking about it. You are so blessed in Jesus’ name.

  • Enete Sandra

    It’s really true..a very wonderful piece Ma

  • Anyaka Osmond Ifeanyi

    God’s love for us is very strong.. May God strengthen us in His love.


    going to church brings we Christians closer to God…its where we hear His words pure and undiluted

  • Vivian

    Yess oo. Soo true….. His banner over us is love cus he himself is love. There is this feeling you get when you are in his presence. There is non like it…. The praises, the worship, the lifting of hands, the adoration of one supreme and above all…… That’s when u realise that his banner over us is truly love. The coming together of the high and low under one canopy where social status matters not…. I always feel like it should last forever whenever am in church worshipping cus it fills my heart, gladdens my soul and satisfies my spirit…… This is really a nice piece Ma. Remain blessed

  • Perpetua Ugwu

    We have to learn how to take out time for God and go to chuch. There is never any disadvantage about it. Nothing but Blessings Blessings Blessings.

  • Irumekhai Mariam

    I love this post. Am always excited when am praising and worshiping God especially in the gathering of God’s people.

  • evans nwawuefe

    I totally agree with you. nice work, ma.

  • Chidinma Odigbo

    Remaining in the congregation of believers is no doubt very essential. Nice piece ma.

  • Florence onyekaozuru

    His banner over me is indeed love. the word of God from Genesis to Revelation is about the love of God. Indeed he has covered us with his love and it was because of the love he gave us his son Jesus. I am so glad that Jesus loves me and I am a partaker of this love and definitely under his umbrella……

  • Henrietta Okoye

    Nice one ma.. God bless you

  • Amoke chinasa

    My father will always say that going to church makes God identify with us so that on the last they we will not look strange to Him, lolz. Going to church actually draws us closer to God through the sermon and praises by d choir. thank u ma for this wonderful writeup

  • Abasibiangake Essienubong

    His banner over us is love: the banner that ever shields and protects us, that covers us in the cold. Only His unending love could ever be such a banner over us.

  • Nneka Orjiude

    His banner over us is love. I too can testify of this reassurance of His love. Twice now when I have been to church I just remember His goodness and this song fill my mind ‘Jesus loves me this I know, cuz the bible tells me so. Tnk u ma.God bless you

  • Ijeoma Anita

    It’s saddening to see that most people only go to church when they face challenges. It shouldn’t be so. The church is the house of God and hearing the word of God edifies u. But we should also be wary of the kind of churches we go to. Bless u ma for this post.

  • Hephzibah

    This is a nice piece. I feel completely at peace in God’s presence. Nothing moves me when I’m before him and it is such an awesome feeling

  • ononso akwueke

    That feeling you get when you go to church ….

  • Oluchi Ekeruche

    This is so true. His banner over us is love, his ever steadfast love.

  • Eneje Chekwube Vitus

    I don’t think going to church here only means to always run to the church as a church goer.
    We are to worship God with our heart and love him as well.
    Through the hearing of the word of God, reading the Scriptures and praying fervently, we tighten or affirm our love for God.

    Thank you ma.

  • Mbadugha Ifeanyi

    True ma. His unending love continues to guide us even when we do not deserve it

  • Mbah Merit

    the gathering of Gods people should not be neglected. Weldone Ma.

  • Amos Janet

    What can we do on earth without God’s unfailing love? Nice piece, ma.

  • Benjamin C.Nweke

    Glory be to his name,bnow and forever. amen.
    it feels good to be in God’s presence for you will never come out as you entered. your mind and soul would be filled with gladness and joy and a feeling of rejuvenation will overwhelm you.


    God loves me. Thank You Ma for reminding me once more.

  • Uzor, Ogechukwu Juliet

    Without the love of God there’s no reason for living. And true love for God makes one surrender everything. Hence going to church is actually a basic way to show love for God. Beyond this we ought welcome Him to the slightest affairs of our lives.

  • Nwachi Peter

    His banner over us is love,yes I strongly believe that. There is nothing more pleasing than dwelling in the presence of God. For me,going to church reassures me that God loves me and I don’t think I will ever stop going to church.

  • Thank you for sharing. I will not stop attending service because it has a way of waking me from slumber.

  • Chioma Onah

    Going to church is one of the things that makes us Christians. Being in the house of God gives one inner peace. There, we meet people that believe in what we believe in, people we can relate with. We have got nothing to loose and so many things to gain by going to church.

  • His banner over me is love, his love for us is not to be compared, he is a merciful God, let us be faithful and be willing to serve and worship him all the time and wherever we are,, he loves us.

  • Analike Vivian U

    Indeed whenever I heard about this phrase I always imagine creation activities of genesis it was out of love, he created man in his own image and likeness. I totally agree with you that going to church has a way of reinforcing our feeling that God loves us.
    Today fake prophet everywhere but I believe the scripture that the gate of hell will never prevail his church. By receiving communion one is completely in union with his creator provided he obey his commands, otherwise he receives death and the wrath of God. This love of God we are expected to show them to our fellow man. His banner over us is Love.

  • Victoria Nonike

    we ought not to forsake the gathering of the brethren. This post reminds me of the love of God that surpasses our understanding, we are to just revel in it. good job ma!

  • Njoku Chimamaka Elizabeth

    When God has chosen to call you his own everything about you changes, every move you make and indeed your entire life is planned by God. God uses unexpected circumstances to prove his love for you. Nice one ma!


    Today we have an even better promise: “To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:19-20).Here is God’s love promise to us”, he has brought us in to his banqueting hall his banner over us is love God bless you ma.


    Going to church is very important to every human being both young and old.It is very very important to GOD that was the reason he gave it to us and told us to keep that day holy for him in HIS commandment. Worshiping him God either through praises or prayer helps alot. Yes he knows our heart desire, it is still good when we tell him through prayer or worship. GOD’S love is the overall, with his love am blessed. am clothed, am favoured, am covered, I have no fear. HE is a loving FATHER but we should not take his love for granted.

  • Amadi victoria chinwendu

    Going to church is just one christian duty every christian should try and fufill because it helps in building us spiritually.

  • onah ukamaka blessing

    the love of God is very important to mankind that is why is necessary to worship God

  • Asadu Ikechukwu Valentine

    Many have thought it wise that once you attend church service, you are redeemed and your sins forgiven. This is very wrong. It is our heart towards communion with the Spirit that saves us. His banner over us is love but that can only be actualized if we reciprocate it.

  • Okeke Grace Amarachi

    You know, I used to think I’m the only one who felt that way. Most times I’d stepped into church with burdens in my heart and questions that need answers,but I never for a day left the same way I walked in. Most times my questions are answered from the pulpit without asking and my burdens rolled away. Indeed His banner over us is love.
    Thank you ma.

  • Agwu Tochukwu Frank

    Act of love, he redeemed us.
    No one is like him.
    May I ask ma; how can you know a living Church where the true gospel is preached?

  • Chukwuma Chekwube Jennifer

    God’s love is great and am blessed to be among of those he love

  • Ugwu Gabriel

    In all angles God loves us and He never misses an opportunity to exhibit His love to us. But how do we view and practice this love?

  • Oparanozie David Chidumam

    Religion is a very powerful tool which strengthens us against the ordeals of this realm which we live in. Some people disband religion saying it is false and that it subjects people to a particular way of life. But religion is what keeps us sane, what creates order, what gives hope and what illuminates the faint light within us never to give up but to forever fight on. Religion is love and love overcomes all.

  • Onyejekwe favour kosisor

    In the presence of God there is joy and fulfilment. Fellowship, together with others, is a way of relieving one of stress and troubles of life.

  • onwuamaeze ikechukwu john

    True talk, going to church does great miracles in ones life, at times when i don’t receive the body of Christ (communion) i feel something in me isn’t complete. But, in this country of ours now going to church has become a tradition where people just go because its a Sunday and majority don’t regard the service as a tool to fight the devil. nice one ma, i hope student like myself learn from this.

  • Victor Nzubechi Abundance

    The best thing humans can do is always be in God’s presence. The Bible made it clear that Christians should not forsake the assembly of the brethren. Indeed there is this joy that comes when we are in the midst of our fellow Christians and in God’s presence. Thanks, Aunty Edith, for this reminder of God’s love.

  • Afiadigwe Nnedinso Rita

    Honestly there is great joy in the presence of the Lord.
    Being in the presence of the Lord helps us forget our sorrows.
    May God bless you Ma for this remind.

  • This is so true. To me, nothing replaces communing with God and it comes from going to church and having a deeper relationship with him. Whenever i am in church and its time for communion, there’s a song sang that goes like this “are you washed in the blood, in the soul cleansing blood of the lamb, are your garments spotless, are they white as snow, are you washed in the blood of the lamb.” This song reminds me of what eating the body and blood of Christ does for us, it cleanses us wholly that we become new in Christ.

  • Nweke Ujunwa Linda

    I can’t agree less with you ma. Being at peace with my maker has always being an essential part of life and going to church has a way of making it work for me.

  • Ajibe Chinonye

    I always tell people that going to church is important but going to a living church is importanter.When you go the latter,they teach you the word,bring you into the throne of worship and you filled with the right doctrines.We should becareful of places we worship.

  • Offor Priscilla Tobechi

    Indeed his banner over us is love, for there is no greater joy than the joy found, when you are in Christ Jesus. No greater happiness than the one you realise when u are in the presence of lord. For it was said I was glad when I heard them saying let us go to the house of the Lord.

  • Goodness Rex

    There is a joy that comes with serving God, outside him is trouble and sorrows

  • Ntiwunka Chiamaka

    I learnt that going to church has a way of reinforcing our feeling that God loves us and also going to church is enough warfare.

  • Olusola Esther

    There’s a great joy in fellowshipping with believers. I realized that I’m always filled with joy and peace whenever I go to church after a long time.

  • Onwudiwe rita oluebube

    Just yesterday I was telling my friend how much I love to sing with the choir to the glory of God. Truly in his presence there is fullness of joy, thank you for sharing ma.

  • Odiase Osazee Erico

    Communion is a special time of remembrance of what Christ did for us on the cross, His body broken and His blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins. It’s a time of deep reflection and gratitude for His sacrificial love.

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