The Holy Spirit

How does the Holy Spirit help us?

Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:12

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:13-14

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Galatians 5:22-23

As our Teacher, the Holy Spirit reveals God’s truth to us in the Bible. As our Helper, the Holy Spirit gives us new life. As our Comforter, the Holy Spirit supports us when we are weak and suffering.

Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit for a purpose—for several purposes, actually.

When Jesus was on earth, he said that the Holy Spirit would lead us all into the truth. And by this, he didn’t mean just a bunch of random facts. He meant that the Holy Spirit would use God’s word, the Bible, to teach us about himself, about Jesus. The Spirit would make the word of God come alive to us.

Jesus also promised that the Holy Spirit would give us life. Not just a fresh boost of energy, but a brand new kind of life. A life filled with God’s Spirit, life, love, and joy. That’s the kind of life that the Holy Spirit gives us.

And Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would give us comfort. Sometimes we go through tough times. Sometimes our lives don’t go exactly like we’d want them to. But Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would give us comfort and peace when we are weak or suffering. And not just the kind of comfort that makes difficult things bearable, but the kind of comfort that gives us surprising joy in difficult circumstances.

Take a moment to consider your life and the places and situations you have experienced or even need the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit. Invite him into every broken part of your life.

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