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::Devotional:: ‘Holy Spirit – The Comforter’

March 19, 2010

Sometimes in life you just need to know someone else is there.  You need someone by your side to let you know you are not alone in what you face.  There’s a great deal of comfort we receive when a friend or a family member is by our side; sometimes even if it is a stranger we can find comfort.  One of the main roles of the Holy Spirit is to be the comforter for Christians.

The Comforter

Jesus prepared his disciples for life after his death by informing them of some of the things to come.  These men had been by his side day in and day out and soon they would be without him.   What would they do?  Where would they go?  How would they know which end was up?  Understandably there was some apprehension and concern on their part.  Perhaps even worry and anxiousness.  But, like the Lord spoke and calmed the seas I believe his words to the disciples stilled their hearts.

Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7

The word for ‘counselor’ in that passage can be translated as ‘comforter’ as well.  The same goes for another passage from John 14.

If you love me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth.  John 14:15-17

The disciples didn’t understand the full reality of what Jesus was telling them but I believe it all made sense on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them. (Acts 1)

No matter what you face in life you do not face it alone as a Christian.  Even in the solitaire of a prison cell, the Holy Spirit can comfort and counsel.  You are not alone.  Jesus himself requested the Holy Spirit be sent to you from the Father.  Know that someone else is with you forever and always; Holy Spirit – The Comforter.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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