Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
(Galatians 6:8, 9 NLT)
We have a little girl at the age of 7 that’s been staying with us for the last 3 weeks or so. She is very sweet and down to earth. She's respectful and does what she is told to do. She gives no attitude or disrespect. She's always happy and has a smile on her face. Her foster mom went away for an emergency in her family so the little girl is staying with us until she returns from her trip. For the first two weeks she was great. She gave us no problems. It wasn't until she gave my older sister a hard time one night because she refused to go to bed. I tried talking to her and it took a long while until she was able to lift up her head from her knees. I asked her what's the matter and she said she wasn't ready to go to bed yet. So I decided to read her a bed time story until she fell asleep and it worked. Mission accomplished! But it did not end there. Night after night she continued in her rebellious ways and refused to go to bed. She started raising her voice, saying how much she hates us, she called us ugly, she gave us attitude and refused to listen to my sisters and I; she even started hitting us. I asked God what is wrong with this little girl? She's a brand new child. In the morning or during the day she would apologize, say how much she missed us and loved us and tell us that she will not give us a hard time anymore and she will be a good girl. But every night was the same problem. So I gave up on her. I was cold and heartless at times. I did everything that I was suppose to do but there was no love nor compassion in it. I said hi and bye and goodnight. That was my interaction with her for the past week. My sisters and I were fed up with her and her episodes. My mom had a talk with us and told us how we need to change the way we interact with her and stop being so cold. She reminded us that she's been through a lot and has been from home to home. The least we can do is show her some love. At first I was like “whatever”, but then I really thought about it and let her words sink in. Me being the night owl that I am, I stayed up and decided to read Galatians 6. Wow, God she sure did put me in check.
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:8-9 NIV)
After reading this scripture, I felt convicted and knew that I needed to start applying this scripture right away. The way that I was treating her was not of God. I fed her because I know that had to, I put her to sleep because I know that I had to, I dressed her because I know that I had to, I played with her because I know that I had to. I was doing all this just to get it done and over with so I can do my own thing; and the way I treated her while doing these things just made her temper worst. One thing I learned about children is that they can tell when something is not right. They can look at your face and see something is wrong although you try to hide it. They know the difference between tears of joy and tears of sadness. Children are in touch with their feelings and are aware of their emotions. This little girl can tell that my actions were not genuine.
I should’ve continued to sow love in her despite her ways. I shouldn't have given up on her, I was just tired and fed up of doing good and showing her love. I should have been a little bit more patient with her in order to see progress and change. All in all, after the Holy Spirit convicted me, I was given a second chance to show her love and share with her the gospel; and yes, by His grace I did see progress.
We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 NIV)