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Wolves in sheep’s clothing

Wolves in sheep’s clothing

       Yellow eyes penetrated the pitch black. The growl sent chills up my spine. I backed up.


            I heard. “Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.”


            God said it to me three times. He rarely repeated what He said. I believe this was meant to have my mind, stand at attention, ready for the next instructions.


            I asked, “What am I supposed to do?”


            “The wolf is already there, he just hasn’t manifested yet.”


            “What am I supposed to do?”


            “Love everyone.”


            “What? Everyone? That doesn’t make sense I’m supposed to love everyone all the while knowing that a wolf is already here waiting to strike.”


            “Yes, I’m calling you to love everyone. Even if you are certain they intend harm.”


            “I don’t know how to do that.”

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            Seriously, I do not know how to do that. It seems crazy to love, all the while knowing someone is waiting to hurt me or someone I love. The Lord is really going to stretch me on this. I’ve been asking for clarification and searching His word for understanding. I have some insights that I will share with you. But I’m under the belief my full understanding may take quite some time.

            To love knowing someone is going to hurt you. Total folly, right?!

            Christ our Savior shows us this example of radical love with how he treated Judas. He had the full knowledge of what Judas would do, and yet he still washed his feet. He shared dinner with him. Christ’s heart must have been so pure regarding Judas because not a single disciple knew who he was talking about when he said someone would betray Him. That means no other disciple noticed Jesus treating Judas any differently than anyone else.

            I don’t believe God wants me to love this wolf to the point I join his activity. Only that I love this person as God presents for me to do, at the exact moment in time He brings us together. I’m going to have to be in total reliance on God for this lesson and search out His prompting regarding each relationship I’m involved in.

            I do believe God wants me to pray for this wolf as if he was my dearest friend. I must pray for him and myself so that Christ’s mercy will be complete for both of our sakes.

          I must choose now my path and with God’s grace, I will choose pre-forgiveness for this wolf. I will choose to love the unlovable.

            Am I frightened? Yes, a little. But to be honest more excited about the outcome because I know it will be good even if the journey is painful. I’m letting all my prayer warrior friends know so that when the challenge comes, they can remind me that God already had a plan for victory. I just need to remember to keep my eyes on Him.

 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.” (Matt. 7:15-18)

Love Your Enemies, the Wolves in Sheep’s clothing

 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28)

Prayer for you and me: Lord Jesus, teach us by example how to love those who are actively trying to hurt us and our loved ones. How do we love without being pulled into their false teachings and beliefs? How do we stay apart from the treachery of the world and yet still love the people? We desire to walk in Your grace for everyone that You desire to put in our lives. We pre-forgive those who are going to hurt us. By Your perfect power and grace.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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