With the changing of seasons and the fluctuating temperatures, colds and flus abound. The interesting thing about colds/flus is that they rarely just impact one person but rather affect the lives of many. When we feel ‘under the weather’ we usually share our infirmity with those around us, with those closest to us, and with the people we are in contact with. We don’t share this because we have a strange desire to infect others and want them to suffer along with us, it just happens naturally through our daily exchange. It could happen through a cough, a touch, etc. The point is, our infection usually becomes at least one another person’s problem, and on it goes; It can be quite the vicious cycle. Sin too is very infectious and can be very pervasive. It doesn’t usually affect one person, but rather, it usually spills out and touches those closest to us as well. The devil is not a fool, he is cunning and crafty. If he can infect one person, if he can tempt one person and cause them to stumble and fall into sin, chances are he has impacted several other lives as well.
When seasons change and the time is rife for colds and flus, or whenever we feel a cold coming on, and usually we are able to discern that through various warning signs—sore throat, weird taste in the back of the throat, sniffles, shivers—we need to take combative measures to ‘snip it in the bud’ before it has the opportunity to become a full-blown cold/flu that takes over one’s whole body. So too, we need to be proactive and refrain from putting ourselves in situations where we know we are weak and will be tempted. Or, when tempted, we need to have safety measures in place that will enable us to overcome, whether it be through having an accountability partner, someone we can reach out to, etc.
Colds are contagious and sin is infectious; They have the ability to affect multiple lives through one infected person. However, with diligence and proper care, we do not need to enable the cycle.