Why does the Bible picture the Holy Spirit as a dove? Here are a couple of possible reasons.
- Doves are gentle (Mat 10:16). The Holy Spirit won’t force Himself upon you. You must be willing (Acts 2:38).
- Doves are a symbol of peace. The dove brought the olive leaf back in her mouth to let Noah know the waters had subsided (Gen 8:10-11). Whenever the Holy Spirit comes into a person’s heart, the heart is at peace with God (Rom 14:17).