Daily Devotional • Matthew 3:16

by Kara Heckel February 12, 2022 2 min read

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And as Jesus rose up out of the water, the heavenly realm opened up over him and he saw the Holy Spirit descend out of the heavens and rest upon him in the form of a dove.

- Matthew 3:16

Have you ever sat and watched a flock of birds? Most species of birds are very sensitive and will take flight at even the slightest disturbances.

In particular, doves are extremely sensitive.

In scripture, the dove is a symbol of meekness and purity.

The lamb is also described as meek, and was often used for burnt sacrificial offerings.

In this passage, Jesus is the lamb of God with the dove of the Holy Spirit coming to rest upon Him.

Why did the dove choose to rest on Jesus? Because of His meekness, purity and humble nature. Doves only choose to land in places where there are no disturbances.

If we want the Holy Spirit to rest on us, we have to adopt the nature of the Lamb, which is the nature of Jesus.

Since the Holy Spirit lives inside us, every word, action, attitude and movement of our hearts affects Him.

How we act and whatever nature we choose to adopt will either please or grieve the Holy Spirit.

Thankfully, the Holy Spirit will never leave us even when we mess up. However, the more we become transformed from the inside out and become more like Jesus, the more the Holy Spirit is able to operate in our lives in a tangible way.

Today, how can you be mindful of the dove of the Holy Spirit living within you?

With Love,
Paper Sunday

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