Getting an infection is annoying to say the least and life-threatening at its worst. Reinfection exacerbates and amplifies the problems of the original infection. Our defenses are lowered, and we become more susceptible to attack, frustration, and exhaustion. And it’s not just physical infections that can become reinfected. How can you avoid spiritual reinfection?
Pay attention. Notice the details. Consider the questions a doctor might ask when assessing the progression of an infection. When you’re not paying attention, you can’t give accurate information to someone who is qualified to give an accurate diagnosis. You don’t need to diagnose yourself, but you need to pay attention to what’s important in order to help someone else diagnose you. When it comes to your spiritual infections, you need to take the details to God. Share what changes you notice. Share your concerns. He knows what to do, but He wants you to pay attention to anything that indicates change—both positive and negative.
Keep clean. Reinfections often occur because of cross-contamination. Infections compromise the immune system. Hand-washing is important—spiritually as well as physically. Know that only healthy habits will ward off many germs. You must continue to know God’s guidelines and continually trust Him to rid your life of what most compromises your faith in order to avoid a widespread attack on your spiritual life.
Allow time to heal. Let God completely heal you, which will often take much more time than you want to allow. God’s healing, no matter how long it takes, is always the best option. He knows the best timing. He knows the benefit of His timing. When you decide you’re healed before you’re actually healed, you will more quickly be susceptible to reinfection. Follow the Great Physician’s orders every step of the way.
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will be converted to You. (Psalm 51:1-13)