Pentecost – Day 2 (26 June)
God’s Spirit makes us new
Paul's Prayer for his Readers
None of us are perfect. This does not necessarily mean that we are bad people, but that we are all sinners. This is confirmed in several places in the Bible, such as Galatians 5:17 and Romans 7:15. It is, therefore, absolutely necessary for God to constantly mould us.
God’s Spirit works in us. He transforms our lives so that he can work through us. When God’s Spirit works in us, something happens. We begin to see life and people in a different way. As humans, we tend to look at the outward appearance, but God looks at our hearts. God wants to change our attitudes so that we will act differently. The result of this constant working of God’s Spirit in us, is that we will eventually develop a servant’s heart. This is the same attitude that Jesus Christ had.
It is important to remember that it is not us who are capable of this. It is God who works in us and who will continue to do so until the day when Jesus Christ returns. We must always keep in mind that God’s Spirit is also at work in other people, at the same time. We are all sinners with shortcomings and we all make mistakes. Therefore, it is necessary that our love for each other should grow and include understanding, so that we will be able to discern what really matters in life. Once we acknowledge our own weaknesses, we will get better at understanding other people and learn to be more tolerant.