WE CAN COMPARE God’s love to the sun. It is the sun’s nature to give warmth and light. The sun always shines, always radiates its warmth and light. The sun cannot act against its essential nature. Nor can we can stop it from shining. We can allow its light to fill our senses and make us warm; alternately, we can separate ourselves from its rays by putting up an umbrella or going indoors. But whatever we may do, we know that the sun does not change its essential nature.
In the same way, the God revealed to us in Jesus always loves. Like the shining sun, God’s love never ceases. In every moment of our lives, God sends out the warm rays of divine love. This is where the Holy Spirit comes in. If the sun represents God in Jesus Christ, we could say that the sun’s rays represent the Holy Spirit. So to be touched by the Holy Spirit is to be touched by God’s love. Likewise, to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with God’s love.
Holy Spirit Here and Now
From page 22 of Holy Spirit Here and Now by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
—Romans 5:5b, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
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