Last week we started talking about the Holy Spirit. How He never leaves nor forsakes us. Next question is, how do we relate to Him?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So, you must honor God with your body.”
We are to honor Him and realise that He is God living in us. At the same time, the Holy Spirit wants you to be comfortable around Him. He wants you to be at home in His Presence. You can be yourself around Him you don’t need to hide or be ashamed. That’s why He makes our bodies His home. He wants to be close to us. He longs for intimacy with us. The Holy Spirit is a great Friend. He is that ride or die kinda Friend except He doesn’t die because He is God 🙂
I think sometimes people don’t know how to balance that relationship between Friend and God and find it quite difficult to navigate. However, I will explain it this way: there are certain things that I can talk to my mom about or even joke about and we laugh together as friends. Does she stop being my mom in those moments? No. Then there are times when she is correcting me about something or how I handled a situation. Is she any less of my friend in those moments? No.
The thing about relationships is that they are fluid. Sometimes people play more than one role in our lives and that’s OK. What we need to realise is that we are loved beyond measure. The Holy Spirit loves us so much.
He could have chosen to live anywhere in the world and we would go visit Him but that’s not what He wanted. He didn’t want us to visit with Him, instead He wanted to do life with us. Be present in our every moment. Be there with us in the middle of life’s storms and also be there to rejoice with us in life’s victories. He does not want to miss a second of our lives and He never sleeps as He watches over us. Not so we can be terrified and pull back, but so we can feel safe and secure and come in closer. He loves us more than words.
He is gentle, patient and full of grace. He desires to be our closest Friend, Confidant, Helper, Comforter, Protector and so on. He is good and He is God. In this time of uncertainty, draw closer to Him. The bible says when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8). Share your anxieties and stress with Him and ask Him to give you His peace over every situation (Philippians 4:6-7).
Love and blessings,