Our Pentecost Novena, Day 5

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Northway Christian Church – Dallas, Texas
Day 5 – Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Proof of the Holy Spirit’s Presence is Kindness
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Scripture – I Corinthians 13:4

Love is kind…

Thought

Andrew Blackwood, Jr. wrote, “Usually when God speaks He speaks through the human voice that is kind.  Nothing stops the sound of His voice so quickly as criticism, carping, unkindness.” “The greatest thing a man can do for a heavenly Father,” said Henry Drummond, “is to be kind to some of His other children.”  And Frederick William Faber said, “Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning.”

Gordon M. Forgersen tells of meeting a Filipino Methodist Bishop on a Europe-bound ship.   The Bishop told of his experience when he came to North America as a student years before. The first Sunday his roommate appeared in the doorway, an umbrella under each arm.  He offered to show him the way to his own place of worship and then he planned to go on to his own church.   As they stated down the street he thought, “If this man has this kind of faith and interest in my spiritual life, surely I should find out what his faith is like.”  He asked his friend to take him to his church and he attended it for the next four years.  As a result he went on to Drew Theological Seminary and years later became a Bishop in this church.   Forgersen concluded his story be saying: “There is such a thing as a direct call rom God without intermediaries, but rarely.  Usually there’s just a man with two umbrellas.”

Prayer

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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