“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. “ (Reference: John 14:15-17 )
Menno Simons said, “[True Christians] acknowledge the abundant grace, favor, and love of God toward us as shown in Christ Jesus, and therefore they love their God in return, for He first loved us as John says. And they are ready by this love to obey in their weakness His
holy Word, will, commandments, counsel, doctrine, and ordinances, according to the talent received. . . .They walk in all love and mercy and serve their neighbors.” He goes to say that Christians follow and emulate Christ as well as they are able within the confines and realities of human weakness. Historic Anabaptists never let themselves or other forget that they are weak and fallible humans. In fact modern Anabaptists/Mennonites do the same thing – tinged everything with the confession that humanity is weak. But that is why we so readily accept and desire the Spirit of Truth – because we need someone on our side, a Counselor who will help us through the tough times and rejoice with us in the good times. Part of accepting Christ for modern Anabaptists/Mennonites is inviting and accepting the Spirit to be a vital and integral part of our lives.
May you beloved make room for the Spirit of Truth in your life, in time turning your life over complete to the Holy Spirit. Selah!