Lately I am learning how to be filled with the Spirit, and to let this be my filter. It’s a feeling of fullness and goodness, and I act out of that, and ONLY that.
I realized that what I have been doing is acting out of my reaction to the moods and attitudes of others. I have been raised to respect others and their way of looking at things, so my radar is very sensitive to others. But this has created a situation where my reservoir of the Spirit gets depleted each time I experience what I perceive someone else to be feeling. Their worries and negative attitudes pollute my faith.
I was talking to Alicia this week about how some of us are more sensitive than others. I am realizing that this is why I have the problem of others affecting my spiritual outlook. I am a sensitive person. Here is a link to a sensitivity quiz. http://www.hsperson.com/pages/test.htm
Some of the questions are:
- Other people’s moods affect me. (So true!)
- I am deeply moved by the arts or music.
- I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.
So it is very liberating to me to be able to picture myself steadfastly acting from the Spirit, and not letting myself take on the moods of others. I don’t get as worn out and stressed during social interactions. I actually feel like I am more myself.
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Gal 5:25
those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:14