At a station stop, an old Korean boarded the train and sat across from the doctor. The Korean carried a large bundle wrapped in while cloth. Soon he began to speak to the doctor. The doctor replied with the only sentence he had memorized, "I do not speak Korean." But the old man persisted. A second time the doctor gave his stock answer. This was repeated a third time.
In the stream of Korean words the doctor thought he detected a somewhat familiar word. Had the old man said something about Jesus? His doubt vanished when the Korean pointed to the doctor and asked, "Yesu? Yesu?" What a smile the doctor nodded agreement, "Yesu, Yesu."
The Korean opened his large bundle and proudly displayed his Korean Bible. Then he put his finger on a verse. The doctor, figuring out the approximate place in his own Bible, read, 'We know what we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren.' 1 John 3:14 The Korean then turned to another text, 'Behold how good it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity.' Psalm 133
My friend, in Christ we love each other and this is our unity. Let us begin our friendships just as the Korean man so kindly teaches us, by opening Scriptures together and within the joy of first meeting in Him. Although our languages differ, we are one in Christ Jesus' love. Our blessings flow from the eternal fount of His loving compassion found in each other.
To God be the Glory!
Rev. Patricia E. Walker, AlphaChurch.org