Romans 8:14: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
There have been times when sharing with Jehovah’s Witnesses that I have experienced being led by Holy Spirit. Sometimes He tells me to share something specific, or reminds me of a scripture to use. More often, though, He STOPS me from talking about something.
For example, I’ll be talking with my friend Mark, and I remember that I wanted to bring up with him a brilliant argument about the deity of Christ. So I begin to say, “Mark, what do you think about . . . ” And then I pause, because something in my mind says, “Don’t bring that up now.” Then the following argument takes place in my mind, within about a second:
“But Lord, it’s such a good argument.”
“Yes, but now’s not the time for it.”
“But Lord, It’s an important, vital subject.”
“Yes, but now is not the time, so don’t bring it up.”
“Shut up about it!”
Yes, it’s true. Holy Spirit has to get brusque with me.
So my sentence with Mark ends up being: “So Mark, what do you think about . . . the culture we live in? It just seems to get worse and worse, doesn’t it?” Mark is unaware that I just changed my topic mid-sentence. And now we’re talking about something we agree on. What’s up with that? Well, perhaps we had talked long enough that day about things we disagree on, and it was time to affirm what we do share in common. After all, that’s what friends do. And that’s what Holy Spirit wanted me to do in the moment. Convincing arguments: Important. Maintaining the friendship: Priceless. Thank you, Holy Spirit.