He will teach you all things ...

"These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

The ministry and role of the Holy Spirit is often a controversial topic in modern day church circles. Some believe that the charismatic (i.e. grace) gifts spoken of by Paul in several of his letters ceased with the canonization of the scriptures. Others aver that they, especially the gifts of tongues and prophesy, are still in operation today. Whatever your view about such things it is obvious that the work of the Holy Spirit has not ceased in disciples today.

Consider what the apostle Paul teaches us about the fruit, or evidence, of the Holy Spirit. Listing such virtues as love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness and others Paul teaches us that the evidence of the Holy Spirit's influence in a believer's life is not limited to tongues, healings and miracles. Perhaps this is, in part, what our Lord means when he says that the Helper will teach us all things. Perhaps we cannot truly love without the help of the Helper.

I need you Holy Spirit. I surrender to your influence today.

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