Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Ephesians 4:29-32(NASB)
29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
R.T. Kendall had a good sermon last night on the Holy Spirit, using the analogy of the dove, the bird that represents the Holy Spirit. It's not much different from the pigeon physiologically, but is much more skittish. It's not hard to get a dove upset. If you want the Holy Spirit to want to stay, you're going to have to watch your tongue and your thoughts. Note that we're sealed by the Holy Spirit, so this isn't a salvation issue but a empowerment issue. To the extent that we allow the Holy Spirit to purify our hearts will He feel like a welcomed resident. I say resident, for guest assumes that the stay is temporary; He's supposed to have a permanent spot.

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