Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalms 66:1-7,16,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21
For Christians, it has often been said that our problem is not that Christianity has failed. Our problem is it hasn’t been tried yet. “If you love me you will keep my commandments,” Jesus reminds us. And yet, as we learn from today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus does not expect us to keep the commandments and be obedient to Him on our own. No! He gives us the power to do it.
Sometimes I feel discouraged,
and think my work in vain.
But then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.
Those lines, from an old “spiritual,” speak to our condition. There are times when we can’t do it on our own — when we need to be revived, restored, renewed, replenished, recreated. We can be deeply moved when we hear the early Christians saying that it is the Holy Spirit who does this reviving. Many of us may have friends today who talk about how their lives began to change…