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The Gentle Nature Of The Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16 -Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The Gentle Nature of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is often depicted as a gentle guide, a comforter, and a counselor. Unlike human interactions that can sometimes be forceful or demanding, the Holy Spirit’s approach is characterized by a gentle invitation to walk in God’s ways.

The Gentlemanly Attributes of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit’s attributes reflect the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” These qualities highlight the non-imposing nature of the Holy Spirit.

Scriptural Evidence of the Holy Spirit’s Gentleness

In the book of John, Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16). The role of the Holy Spirit is not to demand or coerce but to offer comfort and guidance.

The Holy Spirit’s Guidance

The guidance of the Holy Spirit is likened to a still small voice, as seen in 1 Kings 19:12, “And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” This passage illustrates the Holy Spirit’s gentle whisper, guiding believers in the path of righteousness.

The Holy Spirit and Free Will

God has granted humans free will, and the Holy Spirit honors this gift. Romans 8:14 states, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” The term ‘led’ implies a gentle guiding, not a forceful pushing or pulling.

Reflection on the Holy Spirit’s Role

The Holy Spirit’s role is to gently draw believers closer to God, convicting and comforting without ever overstepping the bounds of one’s free will. This is evident in the way the Holy Spirit operates throughout the scriptures and in the lives of believers.

Conclusion

The Holy Spirit’s gentle nature is a testament to God’s love and respect for human autonomy. Believers are invited to respond to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, knowing that it comes as a gentle nudge rather than a forceful shove.

Reflection Questions

  1. How have you experienced the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life?
  2. In what ways can you become more attuned to the Holy Spirit’s voice?
  3. What steps can you take to ensure that you are not resisting the gentle nudges of the Holy Spirit?

 “Dear Lord, I thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit, the gentle Comforter who guides in Your truth, help me to be sensitive to Your soft whisper, and to follow Your lead willingly, and may I always cherish the freedom You have given me and use it to glorify Your name, in all things, in everything I say, do, and aspire to be, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

About C D SWANSON

C D SWANSON is an Author and freelance writer, a contributor to various websites, a member of Faithwriters, and has a website. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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