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Lenten devotionals: day 18

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I believe in the Holy Spirit – comforter.

I write this at the end of a busy day. Even though my mind and emotions want to deny it, grandma is feeling a little tired. The thought of snuggling under a comforter with a hot drink and some light reading sounds appealing.

Yet, this gives a lovely analogy of the Holy Spirit – comforter.

Read again Jesus’s words to the apostles.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Why were these words spoken to the disciples necessary?

During his ministry on earth Jesus gave comfort and healing to many.

The woman whom he healed of haemorrhage, demonstrated faith and humility in her words, “I only need to touch the hem of his robe to be healed,”. She knew that she was putting herself at risk daring to even approach Jesus. She accepted she needed no great show of miraculous healing. All she needed was to quietly touch Jesus to be made whole.

Zaccheaus was treated kindly by Jesus, such that the comfort and acceptance he received, helped him see his faults and make amends by sharing his wealth.

Mary and Martha were comforted by Jesus himself expressing grief at the death of Lazarus. The act of restoring Lazarus back to them gave them and us a powerful demonstration of the comfort of the resurrection.

However Jesus’s time on earth was limited. His mission was primarily to save not just comfort. The time was approaching when he would return to God the father. By fulfilling his mission he gave us the right to seek comfort and guidance with the gift of the holy spirit.

Today, we take comfort in knowing that the law of condemnation for sin has been overturned by the sacrifice of a perfect life. We can wrap ourselves and rest in the warmth and comfort of the spirit: of that life giving energy that was at the very beginning. The breath of God that formed the earth which God declared as ‘good’, now breathes new life into us as we accept the salvation offered in Christ, so we can be called ,’very good’ once more.

Lord I confess that so often I fail. I claim the forgiveness you promise through the sacrifice of Jesus. Heal and comfort my broken spirit through the breath and comfort of your holiness. In this I praise and serve you and tell of your love and mercy to all. In Christ I live.

God bless you all. I thank God for all of you that drop by. Comments are appreciated.

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