GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 4:25-32

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”  (Ephesians 4:30)

God has emotions.  He experiences joy, sadness, anger and love.  He is a personal Being who has feelings.  His feelings are not like ours in that they are not subject to the sinful influences that cause us to have emotional reactions that are self-centered and unchecked.  God’s emotions are fully controlled by God’s perfect nature.  He is completely holy and righteous and therefore all of His emotions are consistent with His nature.

Because God has emotions, we can grieve Him.  This is why Paul wrote, ‘And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”  We grieve God when we sin against Him.  Even when we do so God will never forsake us or reject us.  He will never stop loving us.

I remember as a child I did something that I knew would disappoint my Dad.  My Dad loved me to a fault and I knew it.  I did not want to disappoint him.  I begged my mother not to tell him what I had done.  In fact, I went outside and got a switch and gave it to my mother so she would discipline me rather than tell my Dad.  It wasn’t that I was afraid of my Dad; it was the opposite — I did not want to grieve him.

Our love for God causes us not want to disappoint or grieve Him.  Because His Spirit dwells within us and is the power for us to live holy lives, we can grieve Him when we fail to yield to His will or when we choose to disobey Him.  When this happens, we should be grieved also.

O Spirit of the living God, I know there are times I grieve You when I sin against You.  Grant me Your grace and power to live in a manner worthy of my calling to be a follower of Christ.

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