Sunday, 12 July 2020
Mercy – I didn’t get what I deserved.
By Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆
Psalm 51: 1
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
As I reflect on the riots in the US these past few weeks I remember a riot in my school hostel. The year was 1970.
I was 15 and the blood of rebellion ran hot in my veins. One night out of sheer dislike for the hostel master we rioted and smashed chairs and tables and window panes. It was “fun” just like the rioters and looters in the cities across US.
But the fun ended on Monday. I was called to the headmaster’s office because as a prefect I set a real bad example. “Go pack your things and go home !” Mr Ratnasingam instructed in a stern voice.
Home was 25 kilometres away. Those days you take a bus home. How could I do that ? How would I face my parents ? Where could I bury my shame ? Is this the end of school for me ?
An hour later Mr Ratnasingam called me back to his office. “Have you packed your things ?” he asked.
I answered “Yes.”
“Go back to the hostel and never do this again.” he said.
On hearing that I immediately burst into tears. That day I wept like a baby in the headmaster’s office.
The mercy he showed overwhelmed me. That was not all. As he saw me weeping he beckoned to me to follow him to the school canteen. There he ordered a cup of hot milo for me to calm me down, in the teachers section of that canteen !
Smashing tables and chairs and window panes in the school was a real serious offence. I was a prefect and deserved to be expelled and I sure didn’t deserve that cup of milo. Where would I be today if not for the mercy of my headmaster ?
Our world is filled with hatred everywhere. As I watched the George Floyd video that went viral all over the world and hearing those pleadings of George and those witnesses nearby to the policeman who pinned him down, so much heartache, damage and more deaths would have been spared in the US and cities around the world had just one man heeded the pleas and showed mercy.
The Bible says the human heart is desperately wicked.
Sin has the power to overtake even the most faithful followers of Christ. Even David, the man after God’s heart, was not spared. He committed the most heinous sin (2 Sam 11-12) and pleaded for God’s mercy when convicted…..Have mercy on me O God.
I am not sure of Mr Ratnasingam’s religious inclination but because he was merciful to me I continued school and went to university in Kuala Lumpur. In university I encountered Jesus who showed me the “mercy of all mercies” and made me a child of God and changed my life destiny forever.
We are called to be merciful because our God is merciful.(Lk 6:36)
How can we do this ?
A man was walking by the seashore and he came across thousands of starfish washed ashore destined to die under the hot sun. He took one and threw it back into the waters. And another one. And another one.
A passerby watched and commented “There are just too many. Don’t waste your time. It doesn’t really matter.”
He took one more and threw it into the waters. “It matters for that one.” he said.
Showing mercy one at a time. If we do this people will see Jesus in us. And they will be curious to know Him.
Lord make us more and more like you. You showed acts of mercy everywhere you went when you walked this earth.
Help us your followers to show mercy to everyone we come in contact with. Today let me do one act of mercy to someone in need.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
题目：怜悯 – 我没得到我应得的