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The Gift of the Holy Spirit

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GUEST POST FOR THE GLORIOUS TABLE

Posted on June 2, 2022 by Jenn Zatopek

As I consider the wondrous gifts of Pentecost, I am humbled by God’s amazing compassion towards us, but I’m also reminded of recent loss. During the second year of the pandemic, I lost three close friends, all Christian women who ended our connection in terribly damaging ways. How grievous it is to lose a friend—as heartrending as losing a lover, a parent, or a beloved pet.

How can followers of Christ act this way? Don’t we have the Holy Spirit? Of course, I know I have spoken harsh, angry and hurtful words when my feelings overwhelmed my ability to listen to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. So how can we practice our faith in compassionate ways, even when someone has prompted strong emotions within us?

The beauty of God coming to us in Acts shows us the way forward: the Holy Spirit comes to us through Christ, who unites us with God! At Pentecost, we celebrate this marvelous gift as the birth of the Christian church, a new way of life for all, “pouring out my Spirit upon every kind of people,” to share and unite around a new community rooted in love and belonging. (Acts 2:1-21 MSG). We have access to God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who longs for us to seek solace, rest, and companionship in him (1 Cor. 3:16-17). God’s divine breath lives through us, and as we focus on following his will for our lives, we allow peace, goodness, and love to naturally arise (Gal. 5:22).

We practice this new way of being rooted in God’s love by accessing the wondrous Holy Spirit through meditation. . .

I’d love it if you clicked here and read the rest over at The Glorious Table. 

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