Do you sleep well?

Do you sleep well?

Jesus was fast asleep in a boat tossed by a storm because he never carried hatred in his heart.

He taught that  even worship is futile if it is not preceded by forgiveness, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25) .

When Peter his disciple came and asked him "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus impressed upon him the limitlessness of our forgiveness "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

When there is hatred in our hearts even sleeping becomes difficult. We sometimes make our lives so miserable because we go to bed every night without forgiving the people who hurt us or offend us.

Forgiving people have good sleep. A Teacher once told each of her students to bring a plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school.

For every person they refuse to forgive in their life's experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. In course of time, some of their bags became quite heavy.

They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night. The students complained that it was  impossible to carry around a heavy bag of potatoes and more so when the potatoes were stinking. They were told this is what happens when we carry hatred in our hearts.

A story is told of two friends who were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE. The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him: "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?" The other friend replied "When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it." Saint Paul says.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Collosians3:13). Don’t carry unforgiveness to bed.  Sleep well.

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