John…on Love

We are always looking for that special gift for someone that will mean something to them. At least, that’s what’s in my heart when I think of what to give a member of my family or to a friend. We want to give part of ourselves to those we love. It’s not about trying to give the best, most expensive gift but about showing love through giving in a significant way. Sometimes we think of what gift might make their lives a bit easier.

Our Lord gave the best gift of all that would be of great help and comfort to those he would leave behind physically…for just a little while…until He comes back for His own.

We are meditating on a small, but VERY important passage of John’s story of God on earth, Jesus’ parting gift, of part of Himself, the Holy Spirit of Truth.

John 14, The Message
The Spirit of Truth
15-17 “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!

18-20 “I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.

21 “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”

Why is this so comforting to us as we read it? Because we are reminded of the basic tenets of our faith:

–Jesus talks to the Father about what we need.
–Jesus, with God the Father, provides a Friend like Him for us.
–This Friend, the Holy Spirit is a parting Gift to us.
–The precious, priceless Gift will ALWAYS be with us.
–THIS Friend will ALWAYS tell us the Truth, because He is Truth.
–This Friend will live and be IN us forever!
–This Friend, the Holy Spirit of Truth will guide us to our forever home.
–IF we love God, keep his commandments, accept Jesus as His Son who died and rose again, we are assured to see Jesus again. He IS coming back!
–We don’t have to invite the Spirit for the Spirit is already living in us! We just need to acknowledge that He is Jesus living in us!

Holy Spirit of God

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for salvation! But You didn’t stop there…You gave us Your Holy Spirit, part of yourself, to comfort us when we are heartbroken by sin, to help us grow through life’s challenges by showing us the Truth of circumstances beyond our own thinking, to lift us higher in our thoughts, and most of all to never leave us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am eternally grateful for The Three in One. Thank for living in me. Guide me even this day.
In Jesus Name, Amen

And I’m singing…
Holy Spirit, You are welcome in this place
Holy Spirit, You are welcome in this place
Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace
You are welcome in this place…

Which leads to more singing in worship to our God of Glory!…

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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