Hovey: the Comforter
[Jesus:] “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.”
—John 14:16-17 (NIV)
The word “Comforter” as applied to the Holy Spirit needs to be translated by some vigorous term. Literally, it means “with strength.” Jesus promised His followers that “The Strengthener” would be with them forever. This promise is no lullaby for the faint-hearted. It is a blood transfusion for courageous living.
... E. Paul Hovey (b. 1908), The Treasury of Inspirational Anecdotes, Quotations, and Illustrations, Revell, 1959, p. 211 (see the book)
See also John 14:16-17; Ps. 138:3; Isa. 40:31; Luke 21:14-15; Acts 2:4; 4:31; 1 Cor. 1:8; 2 Cor. 1:8-11; 12:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
Have I asked for the Strengthener?
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