If you are willing to bear serenely the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter. -St. Therese of Lisieux

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. -I John 3:15 (NKJV)

Oil and water. Fire and ice. There are some things that don’t mix, no matter how much you may try to blend them. Oil will rise above the water, sitting atop it. Fire will melt the ice, and the water may even extinguish the fire, then vaporize.

Likewise, the Holy Spirit cannot reside in us when we hate, or if we’re so proud that we believe the lie that we are self-sufficient, or without blemish or sin. When we do that, we present to God a hostile environment to the Holy Spirit, one that doesn’t mix at all with it.

The Holy Spirit can only indwell in us, and work in us, if we are hospitable vessels. Can you lay down your pride? Your hate? Your resistance to surrender? If so, you open the doors of your soul in welcome to the one who will forever transform you and refine you on your life journey.

Today’s soundtrack

Francesca Battistelli’s “Holy Spirit” welcomes Him into our hearts and souls.