Journeying out…pushing through – Saturday 9th January 2021

Three witnesses – and all agree 

1 John 5.1-12 (New Revised Standard Version)

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Reflection

So, in July of 2019, I was lucky enough to go and visit South Korea, along with my Dad. It was a wonderful experience to be able to meet some amazing people, who really show their love for God. To be able to worship with them was an experience which left me with a new outlook on just how spectacular God is. 

Just travelling around between a few churches, you could really feel God was there, the love and passion these people had and shared was unforgettable. I particularly remember visiting Kumnam Methodist church, the world’s largest Methodist church with 140,000 members, and it was pretty full on this evening. But it wasn’t the size of the church that captivated me, it was the way these people were so active and vocal during the service and wanted to engage with God.

Just being in this presence and praising together in unity, you could feel the Holy Spirit move throughout the room. This really opened this whole new view on just how loving and extraordinary God truly is.

I remember when I had to step up and speak to all these people, I was super nervous, scared and thinking what if something goes wrong, but in that moment, I truly felt this sensation, similar to the feeling of a big hug, and it just brought my soul to peace. I felt secure and calm again, which allowed me to speak what I truly felt, allowing me to give words of blessing to those who listened.

Spending time in Korea really helped me understand that God is always there, no matter what, and that he blesses us in ways we don’t sometimes realise. All the little things like being treated to good meals and being welcomed so nicely by everyone there, I felt it really boosted my joy.

Even simply getting up every morning and praying for a little while, something I hadn’t really done before, just made me feel so safe and at peace even though I was on the other side of the world in a country so different to my own. Spending that small time with God really helped me focus on the good experiences, and to enjoy them the most I can, while thanking God for even the little things he does.

Zoe Cook
(West Hub)