#263 – THE COMFORT OF THE SPIRIT (13/1/21)
This week we have been considering the second of the Beatitudes in our discipleship series. Jesus promises,
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ (Matthew 5:4)
This is a promise of Jesus that can be completely trusted. No matter our circumstances, we can experience the comfort that God gives. Jesus promises in His word,
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.’ (Romans 8:15-18)
The Holy Spirit relieves us of fear. In its place, He assures us that we are God’s children. How is this a comfort to us?
The Spirit also gives us the comfort of hope; He assures us that we will ‘share in His glory’. What is the inheritance that the Spirit guarantees to us?
The Spirit is the great comforter who has been promised to us. It’s a part of His ministry that you and I receive His comfort. In a world of confusion, overwhelming information and conspiracies, you can know the peace that the Spirit brings!
Finally, take some time to pray and meditate on the comforting ministry of the Spirit,
‘I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate (comforter) to help you and be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - BLESSED ARE THOS WHO MOURN
It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.
What are you 'mourning' - finding challenging - at the moment?
Introduction - please share in your group
This week in our discipleship series, we are considering the second of the Beatitudes,
'Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted’. (Matthew 5:4)