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 But, Kim had to define in his own way the meaning and the process of love.

He thought that love is formed by stage: knowing, accepting, sharing, devoting. To love someone, one has to know the bad sides and good sides of the person; accept the person as he or she is; share the pains and joy of the person; devote one’s energy for the welfare of the person.

Kim was thinking how he had loved. He started with his love for his father; he was raised in a social environment where Confucian ethics dominated Korea. Kim was not sure if he loved his father. Kim was not given the chance to know his father. What he remembered was the respect.

Kim was thinking about his love for his mother. He knew how she had gone through suffering, hunger, fear, insecurity for the welfare of Kim and his siblings. But Kim knew that he did not love enough his mother. One afternoon, Kim had the urge to pray and he felt warm tears flew down his cheeks for long time. What made him cry was the fact he had hurt by action or by words, knowingly or otherwise those who had loved him. Kim thought that the greatest sin a human being can commit was to hurt those who love him.

“Mother, I know that you sacrificed your wellbeing for us your children; I remember the moment when you went two days without meals to feed us; I remember the terrible time of Korean was when you were ready to give your own life for us. Mother, you are no longer with us in this terrible world. I do regret, mother, that I did hurt you without knowing it”, Kim cried softly

During his immigrant life in Montreal, Kim tried hard to become a good Christian. He was asking himself what a good Christian should be. He gave himself a definition. For him a good Christian should be a person who loves God and all neighbors through God. He remembered a preacher saying that human cannot love neighbors without loving God and without God’s grace. To become a good Christian one must have God’s grace allowing us to love Him.

But how should one love God? Kim was convinced that to love someone one must know the person first and please him. Therefore, the next question is how one should know God. Kim thought that the answer was the Bible through which one could know who God was, what he did and why.

In short, the first thing a good Christian must do is to read the Bible. Kim remembered reading somewhere that one should do more than reading the Bible; one should listen to the Bible; one should feel the Bible; one should live with the Bible. Kim heard that the Bible cannot be understood without the grace of the Holy Spirit. Hence one should pray so that the Holy Spirit would help. The Holy Spirit is the best teacher of the Bible.

The next thing one must do is to love God; one should please Him. But how? Kim thought he had the answer. To please God, do what he asks us to do. Then what does God want us to do? The answer is clear: God wants us to obey the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament, which became the Love Commandment in the New Testament.

Kim was taught since his childhood that a good Christian must go to church, but he never knew why one should go to church. He asked this question to many people including church pastors; he never got the satisfactory answer.

However, after years of living in Montreal, he thought that he found the answer. The answer was that one should go to church to look for help so that one can become a good Christian. To be more specific, church should help the congregation to love God, to love neighbors and please God.

Kim remembered his experience with the Korean churches in Montreal. One thing sure was that he could not get the answers to many questions which were important to him from the church.

Kim wanted become matured Christian. For him, a matured Christian is a person who knows God, who feels God and who obeys God. Kim hoped that the Church would help him so that his faith be matured.
<to be continued>