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Chaksarang

Weekly Devotionals

Chaksarang

Matthew 5:43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

In Korea, there is a phrase that describes a love for another that is only one-sided; where a person might love another but that love is not reciprocated by the other. That phrase is “chaksarang.” This phrase is literally translated, “one-sided love.”

Now though this may be a Korean phrase, the “chaksarang” situation is one that is common in every culture and every people group. And it’s not a desired situation because who wants to love someone who doesn’t love them back?? HOWEVER, if we are those that are indeed, believers of Jesus Christ, saved by His grace through faith in Him, “chaksarang” must actually become the base standard by which we relate to others.

As we see in Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus states very clearly that in God’s economy, there is no credit given to those who love only those that love us back for anyone and everyone can and does do that. But true love…Godly love… the love of our Lord Jesus is one that is radically different and thus is one that God gives credit to for it is a love that is given according to His heart and standard- that the fullness of love and care is extended to another, REGARDLESS of that person’s response.

This is how Jesus loved us and therefore, is how we as followers of Christ are to love others- that even though they do not reciprocate… might never reciprocate our love for them, we are to love them fully anyway, without condition.

In short, chaksarang, or rather the willingness to chaksarang, is what it is to be a Christian… to love others as Christ loved us.