Have you been in a situation where you're hanging out with your friends, thinking about the fun times you're having and one of those friends wants to do something that just doesn't sit well with you? I'm not talking about anything illegal or even anything bad perse. They just want to flirt with a waiter or be a bit more obnoxious than usual or do something that feels...wrong, to you anyway. That's often referred to as your moral compass. But it's much more than that.
God has called us as His children and followers of Christ to live set apart lives. So when you're friend wants to leave a tip in a glass of water instead of on the table or wants to intentionally trip someone while they're walking or jokingly harass someone else and you begin to feel a twinge in your heart, your spirit, that's not some ethereal, mystical compass pulling at you. That's the Holy Spirit! He's letting you know that whatever your friend is doing, is not right or good and you shouldn't participate in that.
Leaving that friend alone for a bit here, have you ever received more change back than you know you should have? Did you choose to keep it? Or was there something rising inside of you, in your heart or mind, that made you speak up and say something to whomever gave you too much? If you spoke up because you felt you should or that you needed to, that was the Holy Spirit speaking to you. It's how God speaks to us to show us what's right and what's wrong that we're doing in our lives. Without it, we would not have a reason to have morals and values. Nothing would matter that we did because it wouldn't feel right or wrong...it would just be what we wanted to do all the time.
The Bible is the basis of that moral compass and the Holy Spirit is that guide that shows us when we're going down the wrong path and when a change must be made. In Galatians 5:17 the Word shows us that our sinful nature is to do opposite of what the Spirit wants. These two forces are constantly fighting each other so we struggle with doing the right thing sometimes. But when the Spirit guides us, we produce the kind of fruit in our lives that is pleasing to God: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Have a blessed week!