Our Epistle this week is Romans 8:22-27.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

The apostle Paul wrote often to churches and communities about the Holy Spirit. He wanted them to know the truth of Christ and accept the gift of God’s spirit as our constant guide and protector. He writes to one of the churches “our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would be given to His followers when He returned to heaven. In Acts 1:5 He tells them “For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” This indicates how important it is that we receive this gift.

A 20th century faith statement called A Modern Affirmation states “We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need.” The Holy Spirit fills our need to be connected to God and protects us in moments of weakness. Let the Holy Spirit guide you today and always to fulfill your purpose in God’s kingdom.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the blessing of the Holy Spirit, Your constant presence with us. May we follow the guidance it gives, leading us to love one another and You forever. Amen.

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