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The Mind of the Spirit

The letter says this, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28 NIV). Unity in prayer brings the mind of the Spirit.

When the Spirit’s leadership is followed, calm supplants storm and blessing banishes battle. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan commented, “We must freely admit we very seldom hear this language. We do read that a matter was carried by an overwhelming majority, but that is a very different thing. An overwhelming majority often leaves behind it a minority disaffected and dangerous. We shall come to unanimity when we are prepared to discuss freely [and] frankly our absolute differences, on the basis of a common desire to know the mind of the Lord. If we come...having made our minds up that so it must be, then we hinder the Holy Spirit, and make it impossible for Him to make know His mind and will. But if we come, perfectly sure in our minds, but wanting to know what the Lord’s mind is, then ere the council ends, today as yesterday, the moment will come when we shall be able to say with a fine dignity and a splendid force, ‘It seems good to the Holy Spirit and to us’”

The Acts of the Apostles, p. 365.