Many times, I think of Holy Spirit as some unfeeling force or it. But he is a person! Someone you can get to know like a friend. We can get to know Him like we would other people. You may be asking, “I understand Jesus who is in the form of a man is a person I can get to know but can I get to know a Spirit?” The answer is yes! But let’s look and see how He is a person even though His form is different than ours.
Psychologists say there are 3 qualities that a creature must have to be considered a person: 1. Knowledge, 2. Feelings, 3. Will. The Holy Spirit has all 3 of these things:
I Corinthians 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Romans 8:27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
The Holy Spirit is sensitive to sin – that is why He is called ‘holy’. He is also our friend because He knows how to comfort us. How could He be sensitive and comfort us without having feelings?
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
I Corinthians 12:11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines (will in KJV).
We can get to know Him just like any other person. He has a personality and feelings. Remember, we are created in His image too! Everyday wake up and say to Holy Spirit, “I want to get to know you as a person. What are you thinking right now? What are your plans for the day?” You will be surprised where these conversations go.