Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Yes, I have longed for such a Christian fellowship!


Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

There is a verb called "confront" in English language.

 Confront= come face to face with someone

*origin mid 16th century: from medieval Latin confrontare, [con-'with'+ front-'face']

Praise be to His name, the Lord has brought me several friends in Christ who care to come to confront me, correct me, challenge me and exhort me.

Of course, this kind of confrontation often accompanies certain pains, since--as "iron sharpeneth iron" (Prov.27:17)--, in the process of sharpening, our own faults and shortcomings will be revealed and thus, we find ourselves so vulnerable and defenseless.

An elderly sister once told me that I should seek "the love of the truth" (II Th.2:10) to be applied to --no other person or organization but-- to me at first and foremost. "Lord, show me the naked reality of myself!"--Oh, it is indeed a dreadful prayer, a prayer which inevitably draws us to the place of pains and humiliations. However, she says, only through this painful process would our heart be drawn closer and closer to the heart of God.

Martian Buber, an Austrian philosopher, in his famous work I and Thou (Ich und Du, 1923) says one of the major problems in our modern civilization is that human life finds its meaningfulness in relationships.
Instead of having a living, personal, face-to-face relationship with other(s) [*I-Thou relationship], our relationship with God and with others have been degraded into non-personal, mechanical one [*I-It relationship]. Indeed, the attitude of the "I" towards an "It", towards an object that is separate in itself, which we merely use or experience.

How is my relationship with God? And how is my relationship with my fellow human beings? Is it I and Thou or is it merely I and It relationship?

To me, a friend who comes to confront me with all of his/her being is the one who draws me to the I and Thou relationship. In the midst of the lifeless, gloomy world of the I and It, the fellowship with such a saint is indeed the time of life and light.

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." I John 1:7
Yes, I have longed for such a Christian fellowship, in which I have found a true, eternal friendship.



Anonymous said...

God often seem to correct us by confrontation with other people,I also feel.We learn a lot about His rule and what we really are by it.

We often do not welcome confrontation.But without it,church can be only like social club of christians.We need each other to be nearer to God.It is His beautiful wisdom, I think.


Kinuko H said...

Dear Sanae,
Words are not enough how much I am grateful for your presence. You have been with me and it really reminds me of aggelos (αγγελος; messenger, angel). Without your warm support, I could not have continued blogging until today.Thank you again for your friendship and sisterly love, Ssnae. Kinuko

Jessica R said...

I agree with you, Sanae! "But without it, church can be only like social club of Christians." You are so right. That's what we see today: religious social clubs. People want to get together to celebrate and have fun--but they don't welcome confrontation or correction. So, because they refuse to change, they stay stuck, and that's not what God wants for us.
Thanks for sharing your points!

Jessica R said...

Thanks for this article, Kinuko!
I have found it quite painful when confronted with things in my life that needed correction. My prayer to God is, "Please change me and make me who you want me to be...but please do it GENTLY, because You know how easily I get discouraged and depressed." And I think we should be that way with others. We need to be gentle in the way we confront them. I sometimes have trouble being polite, I think, because I'm unsure of the right way to approach the subject. I hope that other people won't be offended with me, but sometimes they are. I think that we also need to think the best of other's intentions. So, instead of assuming that they mean to harm us, we should assume that they mean to help us.
Thanks for your instructive post!

Vian Deborah Elisabeth Rustam Eriksen said...

Dear sister,

I came across your blog while searching for some resources regarding head covering. I am practicing it, but it's quite uncommon here in western Europe for evangelical Christians.
What kind of missions work do you do in Europe?
I will continue reading your blog!

God bless you and your family

Kinuko H said...

Dear Sister Vian,
Oh, my fellow headcovering sister in Christ! It is so nice to receive your comment. Thank you so much. Yes, we are serving amongst refugees in Europe and we've received spiritual blessings here. Praise be to our Lord. I wonder if you have written your headcovering testimony somewhere?? If you have, please let me know! God bless you abundantly. Kinuko