Reflection: Further reading: Romans 5:5
Jesus is always with us. As my children get older (my eldest is still only seven!), I am realising that I will not always be with them. Of course, this is something I knew would happen, but the reality of their growing independence is sobering. I realise there are moments when they will feel alone and unsure without me to guide them, and this makes it so important to teach them that Jesus is always with them, even when I (or their Dad) is not. As we were reading their children’s Bible the other night, my older two were discussing how great it would be if Jesus could be with us in person. Hugs are very important to my kids, and they were reflecting on how nice it would be to have a cuddle with Jesus. So, we took a moment to talk about how God sent us the Holy Spirit, to live with us, in our hearts. If Jesus was still on earth as a person, he could only be in one place at one time with one group of people, I explained to them. When he went back up to heaven, though, God sent his Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of everyone who follows Jesus, all the time, all over the world. He is with us so we can know how much God loves us; he will bring to our minds all the things Jesus said and did and taught, so we will know the right thing to do (John 14:26; 16:13). And when we need to talk to God, the Holy Spirit will give us the words we need (Romans 8:26-27).
Question: Do you long for a hug from Jesus? How has the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life encouraged you (or how might you pray to be more encouraged)?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you so much for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for pouring your love into my heart by his presence. Day by day, please fill me with your Holy Spirit anew, so that I may see Jesus more clearly, draw closer to him, and be transformed to be more like him. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.