43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor 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.
He asked the students whether they find it difficult to be sincerely nice to someone when we are mad at the person or when he/she has treated us unjustly. Pastor Leung shared a story about trying to cash a traveller’s cheque while he was in Macao. He tried several banks before one would cash it for him. Then he had to wait in line. Even though he was fourth in line, it took 30 minutes before his turn came up. After that, it took another 20 minutes to get the proper exchange rate. Moreover, Pastor Leung was in a rush to catch a hydrofoil back to Hong Kong. Needless to say, he missed it and knew he would not get a refund on his ticket. However, just as he was about to burst out at the two tellers who were handling his transaction, he heard God say, “Pray for them.” For a split second, he was confused by God’s request. He wanted to curse the two ladies, not pray for them. Then, he looked at who was serving him. Instead of viewing the person as a “bank machine” that would spit out money for him, he saw a person in front of him – someone precious created by God. She looked young. He wondered, “Did she just graduate? Was this was her first job? Does she have a family? Are they dependent on her for her income? Who was she? Was she afraid that I would get mad at her for the delays?” Pastor Leung started to see her as more than a caricature and recognized that she is a real person with real feelings. He quickly prayed for both staff and within seconds, he felt calm. He knew that God had miraculously taken the anger away and filled him with peace. Instead of bursting out at the women, he said,”I know it’s not your fault that it’s taking so long. Thank you for trying so hard.” He shared that God enabled him to do that. His anger could not disappear so quickly without His help. He concluded by reminding the students that Jesus asked us to love our enemies and pray for them. If we do, it will change us into people that God wants us to be.
The PK2 class led this morning’s ELC worship. It was a fun service, focused on singing praises. Each class had representatives come up and pick a song. He/she also had to say why that song was chosen. Some favourites included: “Power Shuffle”, “John 3:16”, “Jesus – You’re my Superhero”, “Fruit of the Spirit”, and “Stand Together”. To conclude the service, Miss Joseph prayed for the students.