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April 20, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | April 20

Holy Spirit Impact

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9

One of the Holy Spirit’s tasks is to experientially validate for every believer God’s awesome love, acceptance, and encouragement toward each of His children. We “taste and see” that the Lord is good through the Holy Spirit, bringing his goodness to us (Psalms 34:8). We sense it and feel it deeply. We love how the Holy Spirit takes the intellectual concepts of love, mercy and grace of God and makes them practical and experiential.

The Holy Spirit’s best work in people is seen in how He changes the way they relate to one another. You want the best part of your character displayed in your kids. It’s when your positive qualities , ways, words, actions and encouragements are reproduced in your child’s interactions with others, their actions bring you joy. On the other end though if they abuse, discourage and harm others with their way and words their actions bring you grief. “That’s not me,” you protest. I think our waywardness has the same effect on the Holy Spirit..

The Holy Spirit heals relationships.  He does this by lending and prompting all believers to show to others what God has shown them in the person of Jesus Christ. His point: you didn’t deserve grace, but now that you have it, you better give it as liberally as you received it! If we don’t do the same thing we grieve the Holy Spirit. Jesus aggressively illustrated His heart in the parable of the unmerciful servant.  You feel the Holy Spirit’s presence and you honor him when your character reveals the grace that Jesus has freely given you.

Father, how soon I forget to put others in the shoes of the grace you have given me.


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