God's Holy Fire: 'The Spirit's Work of Love'

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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[Epaphras is] the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit.
— Colossians 1:8 MESSAGE

Key Thought

Epaphras had told Paul about the Colossians' growth in Jesus. One vital element of this growth was their love for each other. Paul recognized that the power of the Holy Spirit is what had inspired, empowered, and worked this love into the fabric of their daily lives. The Spirit empowers God's character to be formed in us (Romans 5:1-5). We sometimes call this character the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) as the Spirit works to form Christ in us (2 Corinthians 3:18). Therefore, let's daily invite the Spirit into our lives to do his transformational work so that the influence of God's Holy Presence shows up in the way we feel about each other and treat each other.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, I yield my heart to be molded by the work of your Holy Presence, the Spirit. I want to be conformed to the character and compassion of Jesus. However, I know for this transformation to happen fully, I desperately need the holy fire of your Spirit to empower my changes into a full likeness of Christ. Burn away what is false and selfish. Fuel in me a holy desire to be conformed to your holy character and gracious compassion. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Colossians 1:8 MESSAGE — [Epaphras is] the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit.

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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