Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil
speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
(1 Thesselonians 5:13)
In regards to the Holy Spirit’s work, we need to know that as we have been welcomed home by our families at Thanksgiving, we need to welcome the Holy Spirit and allow Him to be at home with us. It has been said that if the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church, most of our activities would continue and we would not really sense much of the difference. It is my feeling that if the Holy Spirit was utterly Himself in our church, we might not know how to respond. Could we allow Him to be completely who He is? The reason why I speak this way is that I have always believed
- That the Holy Spirit is a person
- He is very sensitive
Ephesians says He can be grieved which means there is a possibility of hurting Him. Grieves is a love word. I believe that He is the spirit of Love. He can also be quenched which implies that He could stop doing what He is doing. I do know when there is bitterness and unforgiveness it has a powerful effect upon His work. It is so sensitive to the spirit of faith and the necessity to function and operate in that spirit.
The gospels present the Holy Spirit as a dove. When my wife and I have been in Hawaii, we get to see those beautiful birds. I love the cooing of the dove. They are not aggressive in behaviour. They would best be described as sensitive. I think that would be a good description of the Holy Spirit’s work. It is a work of intimacy and sensitivity to our hearts. Even though the dove is of a gentle nature, it also exudes with it a sense of peace and joy. I feel in those moments when they come close that any sudden movement or aggression would cause it to fly.
If during this Thanksgiving season we wish for the presence of the Holy Spirit to remain, we need to adjust to His sensitive nature. He is easily grieved and it does not take a lot for Him to move away. When we grieve the Holy Spirit, we have not lost our salvation because we have the indwelling Holy Spirit within us. I am speaking about the upon relationship. Some might call it the anointed presence of the Holy Spirit. It is that relationship that I am referring to. We need the Holy Spirit and His gentle touch. We need to know in our hearts that it is right between us and Him. I trust that as we celebrate Thanksgiving this year we will be mindful of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to bring to us perspective and depth. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend and God bless all of you!