The dove is an almost universal symbol of peace. In Scripture, the dove appears both literally and poetically – a picture of new hope alighting from the ark and a picture of gentleness and beauty in the poet’s song. In the Gospels, the Holy Spirit Himself is symbolised by the dove. A new hope, the picture of gentleness and beauty has arrived in the God man Jesus and His divinity affirmed by the Spirit’s presence. This example of companionship shows us how we too can draw close and walk in step with God. Our companionship with the Holy Spirit connects us with God, strengthens our relationship with Him and helps bring understanding to the Scriptures. He is our teacher, our guide, our comfort, and our ever-present helper. Just as Jesus walked in step with the Holy Spirit, so we too need Him. This is possibly why Jesus said that His Spirit would be with us always – an ever-present companion.
+ Scripture reading:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
(John 14:16, NIV)