The Holy Spirit and Jesus’ Sermon

In Romans 8:5, Paul wrote, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus described what living by the Holy Spirit would look like in everyday, practical ways. Because Jesus has filled His followers with the Holy Spirit, they can live as Bible-practicing Christians. Filled with the Holy Spirit, we choose to live according to the Spirit and we set our minds on the things of the Spirit. Setting our minds on the things of the Spirit is a daily and sometimes hourly choice that the Holy Spirit will help us choose.

For example, in Matthew 5:9, Jesus preached, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” The children of God rely on the truths of the Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit to live as peacemakers in everyday situations. Because “the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,” Christians can live as peacemakers (Romans 8:6). Jesus’ Sermon teaches us how to live in this world. As we remind ourselves (sometimes moment-by-moment when we are tempted) that we have chosen to live according to the Spirit and the words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit helps us do exactly that.

Consider this. The Holy Spirit will never lead us to do what Jesus has told us not to do. Living by the Spirit, we seek to obey Jesus’ commands: Jesus is our Lord and King. Living by the Spirit, we will not call someone a fool. If we become angry with someone and do so (or say something worse), we will ask the Holy Spirit to help us overcome our anger and say and do the loving thing. If we express ourselves in an unloving way in a fit of anger, we will ask the Holy Spirit to help us apologize and make amends, and we will pray and try to be a peacemaker as the Holy Spirit works within us as a Christian. As we pray, the Holy Spirit can work within a Christian and upon an unbeliever to achieve the will of God.

The Holy Spirit will never lead us to covet, murder, steal, or do any unwholesome thing, but the Holy Spirit will help us do the right thing as we pray when we are tempted. If we feel ourselves getting resentful over some past hurt which begins to make us angry and disturbs our inner peace, we can pray for the Holy Spirit to help us forgive once again, to put the resentment behind us, to forget it, and replace our anger and resentment with loving thoughts and prayers for the one toward whom we were angry.

As we prayerfully live by the Spirit, the Holy Spirit will show us practical ways we can love and help our neighbors. These ways go beyond “rules in the Bible.” For example, in Galatians 6:2, Paul wrote, “Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” As Christians live by the Spirit, the Spirit may lead someone to mow a neighbor’s yard if they are in the hospital or at home recovering from surgery. As Christians live by the Spirit, the Spirit may lead some women to make quilts for abused women living in a shelter. The Holy Spirit will lead Christians to find ways to help the most helpless among us. Because Christian churches and Christians are led by and helped by the Holy Spirit in practical ways, they help others, show the love of Jesus to others, and teach others about Jesus Christ and what He taught.

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