“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 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. John 14:15-17 (NIV)
Do you want to receive my counsel? Do you have need any of my comfort? Could you use some of my help? Are you kidding me? I will receive all the counsel you will give to me. I need all the comfort you have for me. I need more than some of your help. I need a lot of your help. I need all your help. I have had enough of following my own counsel. My self-sufficiency and self-reliance and self-centeredness have caused me much pain and suffering in this life. I am no longer interested in relying on my own wisdom and understanding. It is good that you are admitting that you need my help. It is good that you have had enough of relying on yourself.
There is something you must do if you want my counsel and comfort and help. What is that? You must obey my commands. It is by your following and obeying my commands that you will receive my counsel and comfort and help. Will it be difficult for you to follow and obey me? That is not an easy question to answer. Why is that? On the one hand, I know that I do not obey you perfectly. I make mistakes. I take missteps. I sin. That is also good that you are willing to admit and confess your sins to me. I have and will forgive all your sins. For that, I am thankful and grateful beyond measure. I have more to say in answer to your question. Go ahead, I’m listening. I do love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I do want to obey you. I do want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. So, generally I do not find it difficult to follow and obey. It is the desire of my heart to follow and obey you. That is very good.
Now there is one more thing you must do if you want to receive my counsel and comfort and help. What is that? You must listen to me. You must quiet yourself before me. You must make yourself attentive to my voice. Does that make sense to you? It sure does. How would I ever be able to receive anything from you if I didn’t listen to you? So, you will listen attentively to me? You will quiet yourself before me so you can hear my voice? Yes, I will. That will be very good. Then you will be able to receive all that I have for you. Thank you, Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit, I know I have not always listened well to you. I have been hard of hearing. Help me to slow down and quiet myself before you so that I can listen attentively to you. Lead me through life as I receive your comfort and counsel, encouragement and help. Amen
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