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The Holy Spirit and sin are not bedfellows


17For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day.

It is very clear: The Holy Spirit and sin are not bedfellows. Full stop. Don’t even think of arguing that this or that habit isn’t so bad. The Holy Spirit definitely sees it. Sorry, my friend. Here it is: The Holy Spirit is not compatible with our sinful desires.

I wonder what happens to the Holy Spirit when we are involved in sin? People joke that if you drive faster than 120km/h the Holy Spirit gets out of the car and at 160 the devil gets in! I wonder whether the Holy Spirit gets out if we stop to sin? I don’t think so. I hope not, because I really don’t want to be alone. I definitely don’t trust myself enough to go out into the world without the Holy Spirit.

I do know that we really sadden the Holy Spirit if we keep on doing wrong. Imagine a person sitting in a shiny clean room. Not a speck of dust to be found, but then someone with muddy feet and a garden hose spraying a stream of dirty water comes in and messes up the whole room. How do you think the clean person will feel about the room then? This is probably a simple example, but isn’t this what we do with the Holy Spirit if we sin again and again?

Corrie tells the following story:

Once a daughter wanted to do something that her mother strongly objected to – not so much because it was a sin, but rather because it was not the right thing to do in terms of her norms and values. The daughter was really stubborn and kept arguing about her own intentions and her mother’s objections.

One evening they were sitting in front of the fire. Most of the coals had died down already.

“Please hand me one of those coals. The fire is dead and you won’t burn,” the mother said.

Indignantly the daughter objected: “It might not burn me, but my hands will get dirty from the soot!”

“Exactly,” said the mother, “What you want to do will probably not burn you, but it will definitely mess up your dignity and character.

The Spirit does not like living in a dirty, messed-up place.

God’s Spirit lives in everyone who has accepted Him as Saviour. We cannot hide anything from Him. He sees exactly what is happening in every little corner of our house. The Holy Spirit is totally against sin and against things that dirty our lives. The Holy Spirit wants us to do everything in the light. If we do things that we only feel comfortable doing in the dark and we’re afraid of the light shining on it, we must know that the Holy Spirit will not be happy with it.

We all have some work to do now. We must all take a magnifying glass and look at our lives so that we can identify the things that God doesn’t like. We must make plans to eliminate it from our lives and to ensure that it doesn’t come crawling back. Some of us have loads of work to do. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit will help us to sniff out and get rid of all the sins and wrong habits.

Then the Holy Spirit will enjoy living in us.

Galatians 5:13-26

Reflection

What plans do you have to make to prevent sin taking root in your life?

How will you do this?

Where can you start?

 

Prayer

Father, I know that I sometimes do things that are not in line with the way in which your Holy Spirit does things. Father, I do want to make it pleasant for the Holy Spirit to live in me. But I struggle to get rid of the things that are wrong. Please let your Spirit help me to eliminate all that is bad in my life, so that the Spirit’s home in me will always be clean. Amen

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