If we are possessed by the Holy Spirit, we have been given a supernatural emotional and mental well-being–including joy, peace of mind, a clear conscience, a sense of purpose and more.
The delicious fruit of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; … – Galatians 5:22,23, ESV
That verse is probably the key reference about the personal benefits of being indwelt by God’s Spirit. We are able to continually eat spiritual fruit from within that enables us to love people the way we should with the gentle kindness that people appreciate. We can be internally happy and at peace with our circumstances. One of those fruit of the Spirit even enables us to control our negative emotions.
May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13, GW
Everyone needs hope in this life–hope for happiness, hope for success, hope for good relationships, hope for harmony with God and hope for eternity. When we are possessed by the Holy Spirit, there is no greater hope.
How many of us–Christians or not–struggle with guilt? We hate being judged and condemned by others, but we can also be our worst critics. We can put ourselves in mental anguish by putting too much focus on the bad things we think we have done. It’s good if we have a conscience. It means that we care about our spiritual condition and how we treat other people. But if we have been filled with the Spirit of God, we don’t have to be that hard on ourselves. We have been forgiven for life through our faith in Jesus Christ. We have been freed from guilt.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. – II Corinthians 3:17, EMTV
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. – Romans 8:1, EMTV
We often feel too weak to perform our daily routines, please the people closest to us, or live up to the standards of God. But if we are possessed by the Holy Spirit, we can pray for supernatural strength to get us through.
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, – Ephesians 3:16, ESV
Sense of purpose
Lastly, another big thing that most of us have struggled with emotionally and mentally at some point in our lives is having a sense of purpose. Even if we are Christians, we can feel like somehow we missed our calling or even doubt our faith because we don’t feel like we have done anything great or significant.
Our main purpose in life is to love God and others (Matt. 22:37-40). If we focus on that first, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. But the indwelling Spirit has also given us spiritual gifts to help us better serve God and others. We might use these abilities in our regular jobs and careers or as volunteers in Church and outreach ministries.
There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served. There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person. The evidence of the Spirit’s presence is given to each person for the common good of everyone. – I Corinthians 12:4-7, GW
This is a general list of the spiritual gifts mentioned in three chapters of the New Testament (I Corinthians 12:1-31; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11,12): wisdom, word of knowledge, extra faith, ability to heal, working of miracles, prophecy, ability to distinguish between spirits, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, apostle, teacher, helping and serving others, administration and leadership, encouragement, giving and sharing, mercy and compassion, evangelist, pastor.
Some of these gifts will be more noticeable than others. Probably most of these gifts are unnoticeable–if only to ourselves. Always remember this:
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. …those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. – I Corinthians 12:11,12, 22-25, NIV
When we are possessed by the Holy Spirit, we are all equal, all significant. We all have a part to play–no matter how big or small. God loves us as we are.
Let’s all enjoy the emotional and mental benefits of being filled by the Spirit of God. It is within us.
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