May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans, 15, Verse 13
Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Today is the day that Christ fulfilled the last remaining promise to His disciples, and therefore to us: He sent us the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, to be with us always. Notice how this verse repeats the word “hope”. Jesus sends us the gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit so that we may always be filled with hope, no matter what difficulties or tragedies we may encounter in life.
As we focus on the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, let us also remember the gifts that He gives us – as He so chooses “for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). In using these precious gifts, we are then showered with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). What a blessed inheritance Jesus conferred upon us in the Spirit. Let us be grateful and use our gifts wisely.
09 June 2014