March 8, 2019
Galatians 6:1 (ERV) Brothers and sisters, someone in your group might do something wrong. You who are following the Spirit should go to the one who is sinning. Help make that person right again, and do it in a gentle way. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin too.
Interacting with people who still live in inaccuracies, is emotionally tiring/draining our spiritual life. No wonder the Bible says that Lot, a righteous man, suffered in his life (2 Peter 2:7). Imagine life as a righteous man in the midst of Sodom (everyone in the city lived in sin and they did not want to receive the truth), for sure it burdened Lot’s mind and heart.
Lot, who was supposed to be the salt and light in Sodom, failed to guard his heart. As a righteous man, he always interacted with the people in Sodom who lived in sin. He supposed to guard his heart even more (extra). Interaction always opens a chance for mutual influence. Every time Lot interacted with the people in Sodom, he must ‘cleanse’ his spirit, so no ‘tares’ can ‘grow’ in his mind / life.
Understand this principle: when we interact with someone, many statements, stories/testimonies and words that the person says can ‘enter’ into our lives. Sometimes, those words can ring back in our minds, which shows that what he ‘sow’ from the interaction begin to be planted and rooted in our minds. Because he lives in sin/inaccuracy, then his statements, stories and words express his inaccurate life.
The seeds of inaccuracy begin to ‘take root’ in our lives; to tempt, to attract and to push/give ideas for us to do the same! This is the reason Paul emphasized the churches in Galatia: we have to guard our lives when we interact with people who live in inaccuracies; whether it is just a simple interaction or with motivation to lead them to the path of truth. There is always the potential to be ‘infected’ by inaccuracies! Like a doctor who works in a hospital, he has to interact with many patients who carry different virus. He always has the possibility of being infected, if he doesn’t maintain his health/immunity!
1. We need to be overflown with divine love to be able to interact without judging others inaccuracies.
Through deeper interaction/fellowship with God, the work of the word & Spirit in our lives will grow, and our lives will be filled with His love. When God’s love overflows in our lives, our love for God will also be stronger! There will be no space in our lives to love the world/self, when every area of our lives is filled with His love. All areas of our lives have been filled with His love!
We just have to be aware if an expectation arises in our lives towards those we sow the truth. As we can be easily disappointed when our expectations are not met. When our expectations are not met (‘coalition in life’), it ‘creates’ a gap for the evil to enter and sow ‘tares’ in our lives.
This is the mind set that we have to build to guard our lives from the ‘coalition in life’: My task is to sow the truth and water it with my prayers, God is the one who is responsible for the growth of the ‘seed’ that I sow and water. It is up to Him when he want it to grow. When we have this accurate perspective, we can hardly infected by the inaccuracies carried by those who interact with us.
2. Keep an eye on the level of living water that flows in our lives.
If the flow of the living water weakens or becomes dry, it means there is contamination in our lives. The enemy is using the interactions that we do to contaminate our lives.
When the flow of the living water weakens or does not flow as it should be, we must ‘force’ ourselves to strongly pray in tongue and do it with loud voice. This can help us get rid of all spiritual contamination / blockages in our hearts.
Righteous men can be contaminated and have inaccurate lives because when they interact with someone who lives inaccurately and begins to contaminate them, they do not immediately ‘cleanse’ their spirits. They let the flow of the living water becomes weak and eventually dry out. If only they ‘cleanse’ themselves of the contamination that happened, they will not be drawn out of His presence. We are not possible and cannot avoid interaction with other people, but we are obliged to guard ourselves from falling into the same pit of inaccuracy.
Ps. Steven Agustinus