Reading: John 14: 25-27
When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, we are made a new creation. We are born again, not of flesh and bone but of the Spirit. When we can claim this new birth, offered and paid for through Christ’s work on the cross, we are justified. Being justified or made right with God means that the punishment we deserve for our sins is forgiven. Once we are justified we are now part of God’s new creation. Through the power of the cross, and out of God’s unending and unwavering love for us, His forgiveness is given over and over again. Just as His mercy is new every morning, so too do we become new creations each day.
As our new selves we are freed from the chains of sin and death so that we can begin to grow into the new creation. We are no longer tethered to the things of this world so we can begin to grow daily in our relationship with Christ. We can start to become the person God created us to be. We learn more and more who Christ is and who He calls us to be as we grow in our faith. To do so we need to be taught and guided and redirected at times. To help us on our journey, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives. When we proclaim Jesus and Lord, the Spirit enters into our being and becomes our teacher.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would do two things. It would first teach us all we need to know and that it would bring us peace. On our journey to become more and more like Christ, there is much we need to learn. The Holy Spirit is our constant companion, revealing, reminding, correcting, guiding, and teaching us as we move along the path to spiritual maturity. On this journey we also come to understand better and better that God’s love for us never fails. We come to know that we can do nothing to make Him love us more or to love us less. This brings peace. Peace to know that when we struggle and even when we fail, He still loves us. His mercies never fail. This day may the Spirit draw us ever closer to Jesus, the perfector of our faith, the one true way.