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There is a relational aspect of God that is both familiar and foreign.  Through being in relationship with other people we catch a glimpse of what it is like to be in relationship with our Creator.   The touch of a loved one points us to His calming touch; the encouragement of a friend speaks to the part of our soul that connects with His encouragement; the compassion we receive from a co-worker reminds us of His compassion.

What makes these earthly experiences of relationship so different from God is that people can be with us for a moment, but God is with us forever.  Nearing the end of his life on earth Jesus speaks these words to his closest followers: “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;   that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” (Jn 14:16-17)

In looking at Jesus’ words a few things stand out.  He is telling us that the Holy Spirit will be with us forever.  We can easily get caught up in thinking that forever is a term about the future, but forever includes today.  Jesus is saying to us, “The Holy Spirit is with you today.”  He doesn’t stop there.  He takes it a step further to say, “He…will be IN you.” The spirit of God is in us!  If we do not believe that, and by believe I mean live today is if that statement is true, then we are watering down the Gospel and missing out on this unbelievable gift from God.  If we miss out this truth we settle for only grim version of the God of all things.

 

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