Monday, January 14, 2019

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

It must be Christians’ goal is to be part of a fraternity in capturing the spirit of the age.  By walking in the presence of the Lord they proclaim his name.  This authenticity is through an unconditional surrender to God.  These believers are open to the Spirit.  Alan Cohen (b. 1939), an author said, “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledged the presence of good wherever you shine the light of thankful thoughts.”   Many believers shine their lights on those they encounter in their daily walk.

Forgiveness of Others

Forgiveness is the basis of a social compact.  With friends there are times when we won’t see eye to eye.  With disagreements it’s imperative to make things right.  This is how people learn to forgive others.  It’s great when we’re able forge bonds that endure the test of time.  This gift takes prudence and discernment.  In churches parishioners practice outreach, but there are other challenges.  But the children of God should be able to discuss and solve conflicts amicably.  As followers let Christian values guide our decisions as we move forward confidently.  Just by doing acts of kindness our faith is enlivened.  Our services as spiritual agents lead to enlightened communities.  These goals are blessed through the Holy Spirit.  That’s why having relationships are so important.  Charles R. Swindoll (b. 1934), an evangelical Christian pastor wrote, “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it friends make life a lot more fun.”

Love & Neighbor

The Holy Spirit makes our earthly journey possible.  This trip turns arid land into a garden of love.  These blessings bring peace in unusual places.  Such gifts aren’t found only with friends, but with enemies.  This reality is best expressed in an all-encompassing God, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died on the cross at Calvary.  It’s such love which brings loving-kindness as we embrace others.  It’s goodness that has to be constantly sowed, and cultivated to reap a harvest.  Leo Buscaglia (19241998), an author and motivational speaker said, “A single rose can be my garden … a single friend, my world.”  Abundance in the world may well mean having only one good friend. 

Animated In Spirit

When people focus on the Spirit it’s through the Risen Christ.  By being members of his club they are animated.  This spiritual fervor is manifested in believers.  Christ is the great comforter providing us with the means to fulfill our apostolic zeal.  On the Feast of Pentecost, since the outpouring of the Spirit this has meant tremendous blessings for Christians.  People spiritual journeys are deepened by their experiences.  Many Christians are known for their love, joy, hope and peace.  These are essential blessings for spreading the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit anoints those who are trustworthy, and empowers us to do great works.  

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