September 27, 2021

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45)
I had a dream last night that woke me from a dead sleep angry. Has this ever happened to anyone? In this dream, my brother and I were duck hunting, and Conservation Officer visited our blind to check that we were legal. While the Officer ran us through the typical checklist, he began making derogatory remarks that attacked me personally. As I woke up from this dream, I found myself truly angry and frustrated at this Conservation Officer, as if the dream were true. As I tossed and turned, struggling to get back to sleep (Matthew 5:44-45) came to mind. I know, your probably saying, ‘what is wrong with this guy? It wasn’t a real dream; go back to sleep.’ But, as I continued to think about (Matthew 5:44-45), God revealed to me, “think about the fact that Jesus washed the feet of Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus over to the enemies’ hands.” That is right; Jesus knelt before Judas and washed his dirty, stinky feet, knowing full well that in a few hours Judas would betray Him.
I believe our dreams (at times) can convict us of profound truths about ourselves, truths that we may have struggles in our lives that we have not allowed God to deal with. For example, last night, my dream convinced me that I struggle with forgiving people who have hurt me.
Friends, do you have struggles that you have not given to the Lord?
Have you ever suffered a personal attack by someone, could be from a friend, a coworker, or maybe even a family member, and you are struggling to forgive that person for the hurt they caused you? My next several Thought Posts will be on the topic of “How to forgive when it is hard.” Until then, would you pray with me?
Father, I am so thankful that forgiveness is not something I have to earn or achieve. It is a gift of grace I get to receive. Thank You that Jesus’ blood was enough to pay for my sins. Help me receive all You are offering me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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