I am so glad that the Holy Spirit is our guide and is a type of divine umpire of our lives. He leads us into all truth.
John 14;26 “But the Helper will teach you everything and will cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name.”
Without The Holy Spirit, our decisions in life would be rooted in self. We know that it’s the love of God operating in our lives when what we do is not self-motivated but love-motivated.
We need to look at our lives daily and examine, “Is this decision one that would please God or would it grieve The Holy Spirit?”
Another question we might ask ourselves, “ How will this decision affect others, will it show the love of God operating in my life?”
Furthermore, we can ask, “Is this going to offend someone or promote peace?”
I know that we don’t want to be what is commonly called a “people pleaser”, but if we are to please God we must “honor others over ourselves,”(Phil 2;3).
That means that the decisions we make as Christians need to be thought of in light of how it will affect others and not necessarily be as concerned about pleasing ourselves.
Whether we like to talk about it or not, our decisions affect others!
As Gods’ children, we have a responsibility to be accountable to others.
In 1 Corth 10;23-33, Paul is discussing how to walk in our Christian freedom. Verses 31-33 are important, “The answer is, if you eat or drink, or if you do anything, do it all for the glory of God. Never do anything that might hurt others-Jews, Greeks, or God’s Church.-Just as I, also, try to please everybody in every way. I am not trying to do what is good for me but what is good for most people so they can be saved.” NCV
It’s so easy for us to base our daily life choice on what we want and live in a self-seeking manner. The Word of God gives us some instruction on that in Romans 8;5-6 “Those who live following their sinful selves think only about things that their sinful selves want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about the things the Spirit wants them to do. If people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if their thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.” (NCV)
As Christians, we need to realize that it’s not about what we can and cannot do, what I can and cannot participate in. Instead, we need to be more concerned about how our decisions please God and that our decisions show the love of God operating in our lives. That should be our heart attitude.
All throughout John Chapter fifteen, we see that Jesus is talking to the disciples about abiding in Him and bearing fruit. This means, to take on and express the character of God in our lives. He makes it plain that without Him we cannot do this (vs 5). He also says that if we are obeying His word we will remain in His love (vs10). We then can have the fullness of joy in our lives (vs11).
We are no longer living for ourselves but our lives are lived in a way that expresses the very heart and character of God.
Taking in one step further, look at John 15;12, “This is my command: love each other as I have loved you.” Also in John 15;16, “whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
This tells me that when I am loving others as Christ has loved, my prayers will be answered. I will be living a spiritually minded life and not a worldly or self-seeking life.
Paul gives us an example of this type of love in 1 Corth 10:23-24,“We are allowed to do all things,” but not all things are good for us to do. “We are allowed to do all things,” but not all things help others grow stronger. Do not look out only for yourselves. Look out for the good of others.
We need to listen to the gentle loving voice of The Holy Spirit. He will lead us and guide us in all truth. The decisions in our lives will then be productive and we will see the love of God overflow into the lives around us.
Lead us Holy Spirit!
(Romans 8;14) “ The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.”