In my last post I expounded upon how easily sin can spread like flowering weeds throughout our lives. Pretty to look at but deadly to Spiritual growth. We’re aware that sin is destructive and shouldn’t flower in a Christ-filled life but how do we rid ourselves of them?
We must recognize that sin’s unhealthy habits drag us down, destroying our Christian testimony. I hate to admit when I was younger, someone asked me once, “If you’re a Christian why do you do such bad things in your life?” I had no answer except a flippant, “Well Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” I don’t know why God is so patient with me but I’m grateful!
“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11) NLT
When it comes to sin we can’t be kind, even allowing a little bit of it to grow in our Spiritual garden. This means going along with injustice, being peer pressured or overlooking sin in our friends lives. “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) Yes it’s true that sometimes we can win others by displaying good Christian character amidst challenging social situations. But more times then not, those “weeds” overpower us and we fall into sin rather than allow our testimony to thrive. Scripture urges us to flee youthful lusts, (2 Timothy 2:22) not dabble in it.
It’s similar to obtaining a healthier lifestyle. Every sin has consequences. If you always consume fattening, chemically laden foods you’ll risk diabetes, strokes, heart disease and cancers. Risk? Do you feel “lucky?” I’d prefer not play Russian Roulette with my life but rather trust God to keep me healthy because I want to honor that vibrant life gift He has given me.
Until one gets strong enough to withstand the temptation of donuts and sugary carbs, we shouldn’t go into a donut shop! Or attend a Buffet if you’re a curious person and consume a little of everything the tables offer. Nine times out of ten we will fall to the “Feast of The Eyes!”
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” (1 John 2:16) NLT
So we need to overcome the weeds in our Spiritual garden by first recognizing that they are even there. And how do we do that? Well, how do we feel after we’ve done something totally against our godly beliefs? Pretty bad right? If not, maybe we better question if we really are God’s child for apathy is the opposite of love. If we love someone we truly want to please them, not cause them pain.
What about toxic relationships? Following a raucous, sinful crowd is being like a sheep who plunges to his death because he followed the leader over a cliff. Sheep are dumb animals! You shouldn’t be! As painful as it is to say goodbye to a close but unrepentant friend, if they are dragging you into a pit, for your own safety, let go and fervently pray for them.
And the best advice: don’t allow temptation to grow in the first place! If you prevent pesky weeds from growing, you won’t have to pull them later. Use the best Spiritual Weed Killer there is: Scripture! Cultivate appropriate Bible verses deep inside your mind and soul and it will absolutely act as weed preventer!