Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life". Above all else indicates that this should be a high priority to protect your heart. The CDC tells us that we are guarding others by wearing face masks, but people have used them for years, to protect themselves from germs. Because of social media, a lot of people are letting their guard down and posting things they would never say face to face. Decades ago when I attended two word of faith teaching churches back to back it was typical for the pastors to teach often about being careful who you hang around and who is in your ear. This could be considered as using social distancing in the spiritual realm. Those who belong to Christ cannot hang out with everyone and do what everyone else is doing. This does not mean you never socialize, it just means to be careful of the company you keep. Nonsmokers don't benefit from being in a room filled with cigarette smoke. If you don't drink it serves no purpose for you to hang out where people are falling down drunk. Likewise, if you are trying to live a life that pleases Christ, you should be careful of those from whom you may catch a spiritual coronavirus, something that damages your spirit and your relationship with Him.
Take Heed and use wisdom
I Timothy 4:16 says: Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
To take heed means to pay attention, and be aware of what is being said and done. By wearing a mask and practicing social distancing you are taking heed of COIVD-19 and being cognizant of your surroundings, You should take the same care to be aware of what is going on around you spiritually. I recall a Bible bookstore where the owner played Gospel music all day long. When you walked in the door you felt the presence of the Lord and wanted to linger in that establishment. I have also been in convenience stores where everyone is yelling, talking on cell phones, and using profanity. On a few occasions, I actually felt sick until I made it back to my vehicle. This is because the attitude-energy-spirit of the majority in the store was not of benefit to the Holy Spirit in me. Ephesians 5:15-16 states the following:
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
It is wise to wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. It is wise to spiritually put on your mask and distance ourselves from situations where we know we will not benefit.
Stay away from works of darkness
Ephesians 5:11 says: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
The government has given regulations on things we should and should not do to decrease our risk of catching the coronavirus. Those who have the infection are supposed to quarantine themselves. As believers, there are times we need to pull away from everything and spend time with the Lord. The CDC advises staying away from crowds and if you read the Bible those who walked closely with the Lord often walked alone. John the Baptist spent time in the desert. Jesus went alone into the wilderness and often to the mountains to pray. Apostle John was given the book of Revelation while exiled on an Island. Wear your mask, adhere to social distancing, stay away from crowds. Symbolically the mask can represent the full armor of Christ. Each time you put on your facial covering be sure you are suited up with your spiritual battle gear. Take need and be aware of your surroundings, guard your spirit, soul, and body, because our adversary, Satan as well as the coronavirus is seeking who may be devoured. By guarding yourself, walking circumspection, keeping your armor on you will give you the best chance to survive.
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© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 22, 2020:
Thank you for reading Peggy.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2020:
You have so nicely laid out why we should use our minds, hearts, and spirits to follow advice from experts about the coronavirus, and tied it to words from the Bible. Caring for others and wearing masks while staying socially distant is a loving thing to do. It is what Christ would do, given the current circumstances.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 09, 2020:
Thank you for reading.
bhattuc on August 09, 2020:
You have nicely put the present day requirements under the God's umbrella. Well composed.
Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on July 29, 2020:
I enjoyed your article and in particular I appreciate the verse you mention from 1st Timothy 4: 16.
If only those who fail to read their Bible would, but don't understand that so much that has already been written was true yesterday, is true today and will be true for tomorrow.
Scripture is the pathway that leads to home but so many just give it lip-service and pay little attention and is exactly the same in this pandemic and there is much more yet to come, unbeknown to so many.
Just as Pharaoh refused instruction and in each instance worse came upon him - it could be repeated.
My best regards,
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on July 29, 2020:
Thank you so much.
Linda Courtney from Bloomsburg, PA on July 29, 2020:
Thank you for another great article Cheryl! So true too. There are so many people and situations that a Christian really needs to stay away from. I have dropped friends simply because I knew they would bring me down and away from the path I wanted to follow. The world can be evil for a Christian sometimes, but I have found there are some really good people in the world too whom I am proud to call friends.