How does the Holy Spirit help us live like Christ?

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This post is a continuation of a previous post, I’d suggest you begin here, although you’re welcome to read this post as a stand alone as well.

In Luke Chapter Six, Christ commands us to love the entire world, which means to even love our enemies. Christ in every way has embodied this command by speaking to the women at the well and forgiving those who had just crucified him

Lk 6: 27-36 RSV

27 “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. 31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return;[b] and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

It’s very telling when Christ asks, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” It is, of course, very easy to love those who treat you very well. However, it is difficult to love those who scorn, mock, beat, and even kill you and the ones you love. However, we must pray for these people, we must still do good by them, even if they reject us because they deserve the dignity of everyone in humanity being created in the image of God.

I use to be fairly active politically, my collegiate career was spent studying the Federalist Papers, Case Law, and the Early American Republic. I would quote John Locke, Edmund Burke, et al. However, just recently I took some classes to help change my career and I sat next to a gentleman who was Russian Orthodox. We spent many months talking about politics until I concluded that ultimately my view of the Constitution, The Federalist Papers, the Enlightenment philosophers, and Classical Liberalism was more or less Idol worship and not faithful to my faith in Catholicism. I reviewed my life and saw how politics had grown divisions between friends and even family. So, I decided to pick up my Bible, I ended all of my history/political blogs, and I no longer make political statuses on Facebook, but I share the Word with everyone. One of my old college roommates asked me, “When did you become so Jesusy?” I said, “Well, I always believed in God, I figured, I needed to start acting like it.”

It’s natural to ask, How can we possibly love our enemies? We must ask, through prayer, for the Holy Spirit to intervene in our hearts and minds by providing the fruits and gifts of the Spirit to our soul. The Spirit will provide us with patience and self-control over anger, The Spirit by giving us peace and gentleness will allow our soul to be charitable and generous to those who persecute us. We only have to have faith and ask for the Spirit to intervene as the sanctifier.

2 thoughts on “How does the Holy Spirit help us live like Christ?

  1. I’d say that loivng our enemies or those who chastise us is a work in progress; except in some metaphysical or ethereal manner due to what Christ has demanded. To actualize this takes time to develop as does the Love of God. For God chastises those who love Him. At times, God can withdraw from a soul and even make one feel that they are lost and forgotten by God; the Job syndrome. All saints, it seems go through such purgation until such time that they end up loving God not because He loves us, not because He gives us graces and blessings, but simply becaue He is lovable in Himself; being all good, all loving, all beautiful, all merciful, perfection in full and the fullness of all Truth itself. That takes some work and a whole lot of prayer; at times quite dry prayer without any consolations at all and seemingly full of nothing but desolation and a tendecy toward complete despair for the immortal state of our souls.

    It is why we must steel ourselves to these sufferings in life both physical and spiritual, so that our love is made perfect as our Heavenly Father is Perfect. That is what we have been called to. How many of us have the heart or will to forge on whilst facing such a seeming headwind?

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    1. It certainly is a work in progress, although a metaphysical love for thy enemies can begin to build bridges. Our willingness to pray for them can allow God to do great things in the world.

      I wrote this post a few days ago and scheduled it last evening. However, In light of this great tragedy in the United States, we should do everything in our power to comfort those who have been affected by this tragedy.

      We must also pray for those who choose to blame religion as whole, and those who choose to blame those who support constitutional rights to bear arms. The individual who wanted to murder innocent people could have done so with even greater means if arms were not readily available, let’s look at the Boston incident.

      But to answer your question, no, not many hearts will forge on.

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