Day 8: Learn to Hate

The darkness of Satan has swept through North Korea. Even the basic instincts of love, that were stamped into our DNA by God when He made man in His image, are being pushed away.

The eradication of love can be seen through the eyes of a young boy named Shin Dong Hyok. He was born and raised in the hell of a North Korean gulag. He was 14 years old, but because of malnutrition he looked only 10. On a cold day, in the dead of winter, Shin Dong Hyok was forced by the guards to walk to the main yard and sit on the front row next to his shamed father. His father was trying to hold back tears. The mood was dark. He thought that he was being brought out to the main grounds by the guards to be put to death, but what he was about to experience was much worse than death.

As he sat beside his weeping father, Shin soon realized why they had been brought to the front row. His mother and older brother were marched in front of the crowd. They were going to be executed. His mother walked by her little boy and their eyes met for the last time. She couldn’t even say goodbye or speak any words of comfort to her son – she was gagged and her hands were bound behind her back. Shin’s mother had a noose placed around her neck and was hanged in front of her teenage son, but not before seeing her older son executed by a firing squad.

According to a New York Times report, Shin showed no emotion. He had no love for his mother, nor was he capable of it. He was taught by the government to hate his mother for the crime that she committed, despite not even knowing what the crime was. Shin was a prisoner by birth, a member of the hostile class, and knew no other life. He wasn’t educated, loved, or cared for in anyway. All he knew was the camp. All he knew was hate.

Shin is not alone. There are many more in gulags that need the love of Christ.

Prayer Points:

  • The enemy has created a society where love for anyone other than the Dear Leader is prohibited
  • Without love, the people of North Korea find it hard to empathize and sympathize for others
  • Jesus is the only One that can bring love back to the Korean people.


Today’s Scripture Reading:

1 John 4:7-12
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.