Your best friend

I asked a group of college students today to think of their best friend, and to share a list of attributes which would describe him or her. Here’s the list: Loyal, easy to get along with, easy to communicate with, honest, not mean nor selfish, good sense of humor, Godly, wise, an encourager, empathetic, positive.  Pretty good list.  Then, I asked them to imagine which of those adjectives could be used to describe the person (yes, a “person,” not an “it”) of the Holy Spirit.  We agreed that all of the attributes, and more, fit the Holy Spirit.  (If you’re wondering about the sense of humor attribute, I have a book on the humor of Christ that is quite interesting.).  When I was facilitating a military men’s fellowship a few years back, we were studying the Holy Spirit (the Comforter, the Helper, the Spirit of Truth, the One who empowers, who reveals, who evidences the presence and blessing of God, the Spirit whose gifts unify the church and protect us from the evil one).  At one point, when asked what the Holy Spirit meant to me, I said simply that the Holy Spirit was my best friend.  Several weeks later one of the attendees, a Navy doctor with terminal cancer, told me that my comment was “life changing” for him, and that his journey through the course of his illness was never the same after that.  As believers in our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, we are indwelt with an enormous, truly unlimited power of healing, of comfort, of discernment, of encouragement, of access to the ruler of all creation.  Access to the greatest power within all creation… within us!  A power that we rarely take full advantage of.  The Holy Spirit resides within us as believers for OUR benefit, for the benefit of the church of Christ in this fallen and needy world.  Make the Holy Spirit YOUR best friend, a friend who will never leave or forsake you, and change the trajectory of your life today!

(John 14:15-17, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26, 1 Corinthians 12:10, Acts 2:2-3, John 7:39, Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:18, Romans 8:16, 1 John 4:13, Ephesians 1:17-19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 4:30, Romans 8:4-6, etc.)

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