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Being a Generous Person

2018-03-12 18:51
Pastor’s letter (714) March 11 th 2018

Being a Generous Person

When I was in 40s, the word that always circled in my heart was the word Integrity (sincere, honesty,
upright, truth). In particular, every time l read a book related to David, that word came out, and I was
always meditating on why God, who looked at the center, loved David. I live in my 50s and there is a word
which dig into me. That is the word generosity. This is what Jesus mentioned when he talked about the
character of His Father. “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to
get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is
kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luck 6:35-36). And there
is a parable of a prodigal son among the stories Jesus told us, in which the character of the Father is clearly
revealed. Whether a big son or a small son, the father understand the hearts of their children and mourns
them. Not only does he forgive his child’s mistakes, but he also embraces with generous heart. How good is
it, if we grow old like that?
President Abraham Lincoln was sick and tired of the Civil War. There were too many victims. With the
Gettysburg War, there was a sense of victory for the Northern forces. The Southern forces were retreating.
Lincoln delivered one order to General Midd who fighting on the front line. ‘This order is not a data which
would be recorded. If the General succeeds, it is not necessary to disclose this order. However, if it fails,
disclose that it was done in accordance with Lincoln’s orders. If it succeeds, the achievement is of the
General, and if it fails, the responsibility is mine.’ What did Midd think when he read this letter? If it works
well, it is because of the other party. If not, I will take responsibility. Is not it great?
Moses would have been upset by seeing people who repeatedly sinning and could not repent. But Moses
prayed before. “So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have
committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin-but if not, then blot
me out of the book you have written.” (Ex 32:31-32). If God punishes this people and causes them to die, I
will die with these people. Moses loved them even to those who did not repent.
Henri Nouwen made this testimony. “One day I went to greet a friend who does not have more time left to
live, and I experienced the sacred emptiness. It was pointless to ask the past in front of a dying friend or to
show a rosy dream about the future. We were just being together. No fear, no guilt, not shame, no worries.
God’s unconditional love has become more vivid when I empty my mind like him.” (The Return of the
Prodigal Son, p. 245). We are not entitled to receive, but we live in the infinite love of God. Which does not
have to be anxious, obsessive, fearful, or impatient. When we think of God’s mercy and nature, we are
thankful and happy every day.

Be compassionate~. Pastor Lee Ki Beom