7 gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Here are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:
The gift of piety aids us to love God, our merciful Father, and to obey his precepts out of love for him. It moves our heart from serving God out of rites and obligation into a relationship of love. “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant, does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have revealed to you” (John 15:15).
While the gifts of knowledge and wisdom assist us to understand what we should do, the gift of fortitude empowers our will so that we can actually fulfill what is true, good and beautiful. This gift is sometimes called the gift of courage and aids us to stand firm, even when persecuted, in doing the right thing. “They will lay their hands on you and persecute you … This will be a time for you to bear testimony … I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your enemies will be able to withstand … you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish” (Luke 21:12-17).
3.) Fear of the Lord :
Commonly misunderstood as the fear of a wrathful God ready to smite us, the gift of fear of the Lord is actually more positive than negative. It comprises of a recognition of the grandeur of God and his primacy over all things. Fear of the Lord reveals that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe and we are his creatures. This gift aids us to comprehend how we must depend on God for everything. In other words, he is God, we are not. “If God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you” (Luke 12:27).
We receive the gift of wisdom to assist us to comprehend the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to his honor and glory. Wisdom assists us to see the world in different perspective and from God’s point of view. “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33)
The gift of understanding helps us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith. “I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God” (Jeremiah 24:7).
The gift of counsel assists us to discern what is right and what is wrong. It helps us in our ability to decide the path of God. “Go in by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is difficult, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7: 13-14).
When we receive the gift of knowledge, it helps us to discover God’s will in all things. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).