Day 24 Devo - Fellowship Of The Spirit

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.        (Romans 8:16)

It is a natural human tendency to feel a special affinity or unity with someone of your immediate family.  Although painful family situations can annul this family bond, a healthy family relationship intensifies it.  In a happy family , the bond between kindred spirits often grows much deeper and stronger than any other relationship we know.  This unity is not based on mutual interests or on compatible personalities.  It is based on family unity alone.

In God's family there is a much greater bond that surpasses any natural family unity we have ever known.  This special fellowship of God's forever family is evidence of the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives. The fellowship of the Spirit overcomes all kinds of obstacles, including different interests, personality conflicts, cultural differences and even life-long prejudices.  This miraculous fellowship can not be understood or duplicated by those without the Spirit of God.

Consider Paul's prayer for his friends at Corinth:

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.   (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Point to Ponder:

The eternal love of our Father is clearly seen in the grace of Jesus (as He suffered for our forgiveness) and in the miraculous fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  This special love and unity among eternal kindred spirits only comes from the Holy Spirit, and it is proof positive that we are part of God's family.  Let the world see it too !!

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.        - Jesus  (John 13:35)