“The Holy Spirit is a person who has feelings,” explained Paul McDonald, interim pastor, Christian Chapel, Columbia, MO. “He inspires, encourages, speaks and grieves.”
McDonald pointed out that the Holy Spirit grieves over our actions. He also grieves over what is happening in the world today. However, the more angry and militant Christians get over the way the world acts, the less intimate they get with the Holy Spirit.
In 2 Corinthians 3:14 the Apostle Paul talks about the individual attributes of the Trinity. He mentions the grace of Jesus, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Fellowship of the Spirit
Fellowship with the Holy Spirit indicates a partnership between individuals and the Holy Spirit; it indicates understanding and cultivating a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit much like one would do with someone they love.
“We should be able to know when the Holy Spirit is laughing and when He is crying,” McDonald said. “We need to be sensitized to Him. We need to know His heart … We need to develop a sensitivity to His whisper when He says, ‘That is not right.’ We need to be pray and ask the Holy Spirit what to do and then do it.”
The Holy Spirit is a constant in the world. “He has been around forever,” McDonald continued. “He is active in humanity. He is not just hit and miss.”
Regarding the leading of the Holy Spirit, McDonald explained many times His work is more red light than green. Many times He leads by stopping and redirecting individuals. “We want the moving of God,” McDonald said. “We don’t want to squelch that. We want His Spirit to flow through us, to direct us and lead us. We need Him more than ever.”
Life Group Questions
In your opinion, what grieves the Holy Spirit?
How should we as Christians react when something in the world grieves the Holy Spirit? How should we react if we know we are making the Holy Spirit sad?
How does the Holy Spirit continue the works of Jesus in us?
How do we know the Holy Spirit is indwelling us?
Luke 4:1-14 What does this passage indicate to us about the times we are tempted? Did the Holy Spirit lead Jesus into temptation? Why? What was the result?
How can we know what makes the Holy Spirit happy?
Think about a time when you felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit. What happened? How did you feel?
Have you ever felt a sense of the Holy Spirit saying whatever you or a group of Christians was beginning to do was not right? Were you able to speak your feeling? What happened? What should you or a group do if they feel a decision may not be what the Holy Spirit wants?
Acts 15:28 How did the group come to this conclusion?
When have you felt a specific emotion from the Holy Spirit?
Humbled that Jesus was cheering me on.
In what way is the Holy Spirit dynamic and not static? In the world? In your church? In your life?
How do you see the Holy Spirit working throughout the Old Testament.
Genesis 1:1-2, Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 61:1-2, Numbers 11:17-29, Deuteronomy 34:7
How do you see the Holy Spirit working in the New Testament?
Luke 1-2, Acts 2:33
How can we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, direct us and move through us?
Why do you think the Holy Spirit is sometimes more stop than go?
Have you ever felt an individual or people group was too far gone to ever come to Christ? How can you change that? Do you believe there are individuals like that? How can you share His mercy and grace with people you just really don’t like because of their lifestyle? What does God think about them?
Lord I pray I would know the full fellowship of the Holy Spirit; that I would know when I grieve You and stop You from working through me. Help me join in the dance of relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Help me walk with a greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.