This is a sobering passage – no pun intended. Paul calls us to watch the manner of our lives and then gives instruction that we should not get drunk, but be filled by the Holy Spirit and speaking in an encouraging fashion to one another and with thankfulness.
It is interesting that Paul makes plain that being filled with the Holy Spirit is God’s will for us! It is not a simple suggestion, or encouragement it is the very will of God! I need to remind myself that whenever I am dealing with being filled with the Holy Spirit that I do not present it as an ‘optional extra’ but as part of God’s will for us in Christ Jesus!
Father, thank You for filling me with the Holy Spirit, may You continue to do so, and may I encourage others to be filled as well.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta