We are accountable for our words and deeds. We know that. In fact, that is precisely why the Bible advises us to be prudent, guard our hearts and minds, and avoid sin at all cost.
But what about the sins we commit when we are sleeping? I am talking about the things we wouldn’t dare do when we are wide awake, but see ourselves doing (and dare I say enjoying) in our dreams. Are we accountable for those too?
The people in church were talking about that recently. And some of them were obviously very worried about it. One woman, however, had a different take. She said (and I quote): “We certainly have enough waking sins to confess; I don’t think God will hold us responsible for the ones we commit when we are asleep!” She then confessed, in good humor, that she actually enjoyed those sins as sort of “free passes.”
The people laughed and moved on. But I couldn’t stop thinking about what she had said. So, well, here’s my take.
God surely won’t hold us responsible for the sins we commit when we are asleep…but that does not mean they are entirely without consequences.
Let me put this as simply as I can.
Satan knows all our weaknesses and tries to use them against us. He wants us to fall. But God is watching out for us, and wants us to be better prepared. So, He allows certain dreams to show us exactly where we stand. Ever heard the axiom: “Whatever you can dream, you can do.“?
If, in your dreams, you see yourself doing something you should not, you should get down on your knees and pray for the grace and strength to resist…. because temptation is on its way and you have been warned already.
Watch and Pray.