The Gift or the Giver?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : John 14:15-26

In John 14 Jesus is building on the obvious fact that for three years he and his disciples have developed an intimate bond that few of us in these frantic days have time to develop with anybody, even our spouses. Then he tells them goodbye. But he says he will give us another comforter, counselor, friend who will be with us forever-the Spirit of Truth. Both the Father and the Son make their home in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

It is too easy to turn things around so that we think about what God can do for me. Once, a little girl invited me to her birthday party. No sooner was my acceptance out of my mouth than she began listing all the presents she wanted. Frederick W. Faber’s (1814-63) hymn expresses it.

Yet, I may love Thee too, O Lord,
Almighty as Thou art,
For Thou hast stooped to ask of me
The love of my poor heart. . . .

The evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in us is that we love God for himself rather than for what we can get from him.


Thank you, Jesus, for sending the Spirit to be our counselor, comforter, and friend. Make us all aware that you and the Father have made your home in my heart. I love you, dearest friend. Amen.