Active, operating, influential
(John MacDuff, "The Throne of Grace")
It is the work of the blessed Spirit to take of the
things of Christ, and to show them to the soul; to
reveal to us the precious benefits of redemption,
and the riches of Divine grace—and to present them
to us in such a transforming, and convincing, and
penetrating form, as that they shall not only become
sources of abiding comfort to the heart—but active,
operating, influential principles of the life!
It is the work of the blessed Spirit to be the
Comforter of the children of God. Yes . . .
wherever a believer is afflicted;
wherever he sheds a sorrowful tear;
wherever he is pained by some heart-rending grief;
wherever he is bowed beneath some oppressive burden
—there is the Comforter to cheer, to solace, to sustain;
pointing him . . .
from the wound—to its balm,
from the grief—to its ultimate cure,
from present suffering—to eternal rest at God's right
The Holy Spirit is not a traveler to sojourn for a season,
but He is a Friend to abide and dwell with you—a
spiritual mentor to be always near . . .
to guide you—in all seasons of perplexity,
to strengthen you—in all times of weakness,
when you are discouraged—to uphold you,
when you are wandering—to lead you back,
when you are nearly overcome in your spiritual conflict
—to bring you more of His divine strength and grace.