An interactive devotional based on the May 21, 2017 sermon, The Circle of Love
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- Who was the best counselor you ever had (not necessarily a licensed professional)?
- What made them so good?
- How are the disciples to show love to each other? To Jesus?
- Why is this idea repeated four times (vv. 15, 21, 23-24)?
- What do you learn about the Holy Spirit in vv 16-17 and 25-27?
- What is the relationship of the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to the believer? To each other?
- What does Jesus mean by “the world??
- What is the difference between how Jesus gives peace and how the world does?
- How at home are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in your life? Are they more like owners or temporary guests?
- On a scale from 1 (smooth sailing) to 10 (furious storm), what is your peace number? Why?
- Where do you need Jesus’ peace in your life?</
Wycliffe was the first translator to use the word “Comforter,” and in his day it meant much more than it means now. The word comforter comes from the Latin word fortis which means brave; and a comforter was someone who enabled some discouraged or frightened person to be brave. When we use the word comforter now, we usually mean it in the context of sorrow or grief. There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit is intimately involved with comforting our sorrows, but that is a limiting understanding of the Holy Spirit. â€œWe should not confuse the reality of God with the limits of our language. 
 Japinga, Lynn. Feminism and Christianity: An Essential Guide, Abingdon: 1999. 64.