Comforter or Condemner?

And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another comforter that he may abide with you for ever. John 14:16
Jesus was speaking here to his disciples, he was telling them about the Holy Spirit.  
The only person that every believer here on earth needs the most is the Holy Spirit.
In this verse of the scripture, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as 'another comforter.' He himself is a comforter so in other words he was telling the disciples that even though he was leaving and he will no longer be here physically with them, another person just like him would come.
The Holy Spirit?, they would have wondered as until Jesus began telling them about him, their knowledge about the Holy Spirit was limited. Most of what  they knew was what they had heard read out to them in the synagogue. This is because before Jesus came, all the Jews had were the prophets, it wasn't the dispensation of the Holy Spirit yet and so if they had been confused about the person of the Holy Spirit, as soon as Jesus said 'another comforter' then they would have found it easier to relate with that.
Why, because Jesus had been a comforter to them, guiding them, teaching them the mysteries of the Kingdom,  empowering them to go perform miracles, feeding them, bringing their dead back to life, telling them about Heaven and the provisions he was going there to make for them.
Now the next thing he said in that verse  which is very profound to me is that 'the Holy Spirit will be with them FOREVER. Forever means exactly that, the Holy Spirit never leaves a believer! Jesus prayed the Father to give his Holy Spirit to you and so at salvation when you accept Jesus, he comes to makes his residence in you and he stays with you forever. Yes! forever.
Let's read verse 17 to confirm this point ' Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him, but you know him, for he dwelleth with you and shall be IN you. Alleluia!
You are the Holy Spirit's house. He lives in you and he is with you.
A general belief among believers is that when they err, the Holy Spirit condemns them. The Holy Spirit is a comforter, that's what Jesus said and I believe Jesus, it is your heart that condemns you when you err.
1John 3:20, says 'For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.
Our consciences knows good and bad things and deeds, it knows when we disobey and sin and so will 'prick' you and you will hear people say 'my conscience pricked me' remember even as an unbeliever, we knew what was wrong from what was right, this is because everyone has a conscience either they are born again or not.
Of course when we sin, what we are doing is simply opening up a way for the enemy to afflict us and so we should not live a lifestyle of sin but my emphasis here is that the Holy Spirit is your friend, your comforter, your guide, your companion, if you allow him, he has things to tell you, things he heard from the Father which is meant for you. Jesus said in John 16:13 that the Holy Spirit will speak what he hears and show you things to come. This is comforting in this world of chaos.
How we all long for the ability to know things in advance which can avert many dangers for us and this is one of the things the Holy Spirit is here to do, however due to erroneous belief about the Holy Spirit, most believers are not cooperating with him and he won't force his way into your decisions. As you tune in to him and trust him, he reveals things to you one step at a time.
Every believer has the Holy Spirit, the question is 'Is he active in your life or has he been relegated into the background? Is he perceived as a judge of all your mistakes and shortcomings? Who is the Holy Spirit to you?
As for me, He is my friend, my comforter and guide. He teaches me the scriptures as I sit to study and reveals mysteries to me. I love the Holy Spirit, He is my friend and I can not do without him.

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