Knowing that the owner of another craft nearby was a heavy drinker, he hurriedly jumped into the cold water and with a great effort succeeded in pulling the half-drowned man out of the bay.
He carried him to his berth and applied first aid until the alcoholic regained consciousness. Having done everything to make him comfortable, he swam back to his own boat.
The next morning he returned to inquire how he felt. "That's none of your business," said the man defensively.
The fisherman reminded him that he had risked his life to save him; but instead of showing gratitude, the man only cursed him.
As the Christian rowed away, tears filled his eyes.
Looking up to Heaven, he said, "When I think of how men have treated You, dear Lord, I'm filled with sorrow.
Now I can begin to understand how YOU must feel."