The Holy Spirit is a best friend forever.
When I committed my life to Jesus forty years ago, I took off running with fervour and focus for Jesus and his mission on earth. As I have matured these have not waned, but a deep friendship has grown. Consequently I am not just a devoted servant, but a friend, the truth of John 15:15 is becoming more and more alive in me.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his masters business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
The Holy Spirit has become my best friend. He was a friend to me long before I gave him any attention. When I was foolishly and wilfully ignoring his call to Jesus, he was gentle, patient, but consistent in holding out to me the invitation to come home. When I told God I wanted nothing to do with him, the Holy Spirit did not reply in kind, while respecting me he kept the invitation open. Over time I can see his hand keeping me safe and leading me to the time and place I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.
A friend who is more than a mate
One of the pleasures of daily life is my growing friendship with the Holy Spirit. He is more than a mate, he is the epitome of a friend and mentor. He brings treasure to our friendship: he is my leader, coach, strength, peace, joy; literally the love of God alive in my heart. He counsels me with truth, he gives wisdom and knowledge, he reveals the Father’s heart, he humbly but firmly corrects me as I need it, and he is so much more.
He is pure fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ, and his power enables me to be in fellowship with them. This friendship is my special treasure. I am blessed.
I am learning to be intentional in remembering this friendship, freshly giving myself to it every morning. Beginning my day with a ‘Good morning Holy Spirit, you are my best friend.’ I get to start every day refreshed and blessed. I love this friendship.
It’s the heart of God that every person knows the Holy Spirit as their best friend. I pray as you read this your heart will come alive with eager desire to know the Holy Spirit as your best friend, and to know him better and better.
As a way to refresh my friendship with the Holy Spirit, I often declare truth found in Psalm 51. I’ve put together the following declaration from Psalm 51 to help me be a friend to God by honouring his friendship to me.
My Friend Declaration
- Cleanse me today with the blood of Jesus, wash me from all sin and I will be whiter than snow.
- Create in me a pure heart of faith in God
- Renew a faithful spirit in me
- Keep me in your presence
- Be a breath of fresh air in my heart and soul this morning
- Restore to me the joy of my salvation
- I choose to love, obey and follow you today
I encourage you to give time to growing your friendship with the Holy Spirit.
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