Jung Myung Seok

God’s voice told me, “Love!”

Operation Mt Cai in Tuy Hoa

I participated in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1969. This incident happened during the Mt.Cai Operation in Tuy Hoa in 1967. My comrade, Yoo Kun Tae, and I ran into a Vietcong, with only three meters between us.  Hiding behind a tall tree, the enemy had a rifle aimed at us. My partner fainted at once. And I lost my senses. Regaining consciousness, I saw the enemy slowly pulling a trigger.  I called out to God and Jesus. I was about to be shot to death, merely in a matter of a split second.

God’s voice told me, “Love!”

A voice –  so loud tha I felt the whole world could hear – came from Heaven, saying “Love!” Without a doubt, I knew it was God’s voice.I hesitated. I intended to drop my weapon and walk toward him, yet at the same time, I was terrified by the thought that he might shoot at me any moment. I couldn’t even open my mouth to plead with God so I merely asked Him silently, “He’ll shoot me if I do walk over there to show him love.”

The voice boomed, urgently this time, “Love!” This time, I was deeply moved and immediately, I felt someone pushed my back. I let go of my rifle and ran towards the Vietcong. With tears in my eyes, I embraced him tightly and expressed my loving heart to him. He too, gently released his weapon, put his arms around my waist and we cried together. By keeping the Word even at the risk of being shot to death, God saved both of our lives and we survived.

It was an extremely dramatic experience that gave me the assurance that of God’s love. God would take care of me whatever the situation, and would save me as long as I love Him and others. Indeed, the life of loving others made me who I am today and Providence has spread throughout the world. Even without you going through such an experience, be sure that you’ll be saved when you love others, whoever they are – brothers, friends, and even enemies.

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