‘I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.’ Romans 15.30
We are used to the phrase, 'the power of the Spirit'. It opens us up to the sheer wonder of what he is able to do in any circumstances, despite our powerlessness. In the verse above, Paul uses another equally powerful phrase to describe the work of the Holy Spirit - the 'love of the Spirit'.
The Father's love is often mentioned, and the love of Jesus is demonstrated by his dying for us on the cross, but perhaps we are not so used to pondering the love of the Holy Spirit? The one who works and dwells within us to transform us, actually loves us.
It is all too easy to think of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us with a look of disapproval upon his face, frowning at what we are doing and thinking, whereas the truth is so different. He is within us - loving us, comfortable with his surroundings and enjoying the place he has made as his home.
Take a few moments to find an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit within you. Let your mind dwell on the truth of his love for you. He enjoys being within you and you bring delight to him.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission