Think, Act, Be, Day 20-John 14:15-27
He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever.
Everyone needs an Advocate. As followers of Christ, ours is the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us two of its roles. The Spirit is a presence and an attorney. The Spirit remains with us, refusing to abandon God’s children like orphans. The Spirit testifies on our behalf both to our opponents as well as to our God. When no one else has your best interests at heart, the Holy Spirit always does.
The Spirit works for believers the way Guardian ad Litem advocates work for children in foster and adoptive care. They contend for the sake of children in our state. They stand in the gap ensuring that children are safe, educated, and protected. They speak in court on behalf of those who cannot testify for themselves. The Spirit does the same for believers. The work of our Advocate gives us eternal peace.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.