A Selfless Act Which Brought Reconciliation

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 22nd Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A single selfless act resulted in restored relations between two countries.

Two countries locked in mutual hatred.

Japanese activities during World War II left an intense hatred among the peoples of Korea for the Japanese. And the Japanese decided they could hate equally well. For 55 years, all efforts to overcome these feelings were ineffective.

The Korean student's act...and the response

One January day several years ago a 26-year-old Korean student, studying in Japan, was waiting for a train in one of the railway stations. Seeing a drunken Japanese man stumble off the platform-and into the path of an approaching train-he jumped onto the tracks in an effort to save the man. He was killed in the process. The response among the Japanese was a complete turnaround of feelings. The result was an outpouring of love between the two nations. One selfless act accomplished what 55 years of negotiations and other overtures toward friendship could not.

An ancient parallel, available for all

That action resulted in the reconciliation of the two nations, and has an ancient parallel. Man had become estranged from God due to the problem of sin. Mankind had nothing to offer to God that could bring about reconciliation. The apostle Paul tells us in second Corinthians chapter 5 verse 19, “God through Christ reconciling the world to himself not counting man’s trespasses against them.” This he did by sending his son to be the atoning sacrifice for man’s sin.
God’s desire to save fallen mankind and be reconciled prompted him to give his son as a ransom for our sin.
Scripture verses are from the New American Standard Version.

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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