And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. – Romans 5:5 (NLT)

This past Sunday was Pentecost, a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit after the ascension of Jesus. I don’t know about you, but the Holy Spirit has always been a bit of a mystery to me. The other two parts of the trinity are easier to understand. God the Father is the omnipresent and creator.  While Jesus, the Son, is the earthly and human manifestation of God. Graspable!  But what of the Spirit?  As a child I frequently heard references to the Holy Ghost, which always seemed ominous and scary.

I’m not sure I will ever completely understand the Holy Spirit, but we can look at scripture to see what it reveals about this special gift to us!  In John 14, Jesus called the Holy Spirit a Helper.  In that “helper” role, the Holy Spirit guides us, reveals scripture to us, and “fills our hearts” with the love of God.  Could the early Christian church have ever gotten off ground zero without the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit?  Probably not.

I hope to be more aware of this third partner in the Trinity going forward. Perhaps I’ve missed out by not being more aware of the Spirit’s role in my faith walk.

Have a blessed week!

Diana Kongkeattikul