Jesus left a promise to His disciples, and subsequently to all who will follow Him, to send “another comforter” which is the Holy Spirit. Part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to “come along side”, to give comfort to the believer. How, then, do we experience this comfort as we navigate our Christian course of life?
Although there are many ways in which the Holy Spirit comforts us; here, our discussion will briefly touch three significant activities of that comfort. First, the Holy Spirit frees us from the guilt of conscience associated with our sin and the penalty of death. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:1-2).
Secondly, the Holy Spirit empowers us to walk in the confidence of knowing we are the children of God. “ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together ” (Rom. 8:16-17). This provides great assurance, as believers understand they are destined to inherit the Kingdom with Christ.
Finally, we find particular comfort in the formulation of petitions, and intercession on our behalf during our prayers to God. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered ” (Rom.8:26). Imparting strength, and spiritual words heard by God, brings peace and comfort, knowing we are in tune with the heart and desire of God for us.
Experiencing the comfort of the Holy Spirit ultimately must entail openness of the believer to that power of comforting work. Receiving that comfort requires believers to simply ask. Remember Luke 11:13, “…how much shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him”. Pray for the help of the Holy Spirit in every aspect of life, and open your spirit and mind to receive the comfort which will be provided.
L. Jerome Jones