Live the Good Life

I shall ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever

John 14:16
Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalms 66:1-7,16,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

Sermon Week/Year

Sixth Sunday of Easter, A

The Gift of the Holy Spirit is intended by God to bear much fruit in us. Paul describes the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the Fifth Chapter of Galatians. He spells out the characteristics or attributes of the Christlife in two categories. One has to do with our own wholeness and integrity as persons: peace and joy and self-control and patience, etc. The other category has to do with our relationships with other people: gentleness, kindness, loving concern, etc. Paul is saying that when we are filled with God — the indwelling of the Holy Spirit — we know in a new way what a really good life is. This is important to us, because from television and the other advertising media, and from the whole milieu in which we live, we are receiving an endless assortment of models to choose from: This is the good life … This is the good life… This is the good life! There is much confusion and even…

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