Think of the power God has, yet he refrains from imposing it on anyone. It’s not his way. He doesn’t overpower people against their will. He doesn’t manipulate or control. He has the power to do so, but would never do it. His character is so strong, he refrains from exercising the power he possesses even though use of force could accomplish his will. He lets us walk where we want, how we want, with the free will he gave each of us.
He welcomes us to friendship. He doesn’t demand it, force it, or threaten to make things bad for us if we say “no”. His relationships are not built on guilt, obligation, or coercion. They evolve out of our freedom to accept or decline his offer of companionship. Be with him if we want. Don’t if we don’t want to.
He doesn’t pull “people-things” like guilt trips and threats. He just doesn’t do it. God’s relationships with people are without strings attached. His is simply an offer to be together if we choose. He is all about freedom.
After encountering the “real deal”, the Spirit of God, most people long for his constant companionship. He cares. He loves. He understands. He takes us from wrongful confinement to freedom, from captivity to wide-open terrain.
God provides a fertile field, and nurtures us there. He stays with us while he reveals our potential, strengthens our skills, and broadens our knowledge. He causes us to grow and believe in ourselves.
Time spent with the Spirit of God is time spent in an environment of betterment. And with him, there is always freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (NIV)