GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:28-32

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

We must remember that the Holy Spirit is a God and He is a person — the Third Person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit applies Christ’s redemptive work to us. He regenerates us and sustains us. He works in us so that we can grow in our faith. He provides spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22,23). He seals us for the day of redemption when Christ returns and we are glorified with Him.

The Holy Spirit is the down payment for all the rich inheritance that has been promised us — “In Him you also when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him , were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13,14).

Because the Holy Spirit is a person, He can be grieved. When we do anything opposed to the Spirit, we grieve Him. When we do what He forbids, we grieve Him. When we fail to do what He commands, we grieve Him. Look at the immediate context — when we fail to put off the old self and put on the new self (vs. 22-24), we grieve Him. When we speak falsehood (v. 25), we grieve Him. We grieve Him when we fail to speak the truth in love and when we speak falsehood (v. 25). When we allow anger to rule us (v. 26), we grieve Him. We grieve Him when we steal (v. 28). We grieve Him when we hurt others with our words (v. 29). We grieve Him when we are bitter and angry, and when we slander others (v. 31).

Two things happen when we grieve the Holy Spirit. First, His holiness is offended. He is the HOLY Spirit. Sin is an offense against His holiness. Second, His love is wounded. His heart aches when we grieve Him. He who has done so much for us has been made sorrowful by our sinful acts and thoughts.

All of us have grieved the Holy Spirit. How do we deal with the grief we bring upon Him? First, we must become aware of the reality of grieving the Holy Spirit. He is always with us and He knows every thought and action of ours. Second, we must repent. We likewise need to be genuinely sorry for our sins. We must turn away from the things that grieve the Spirit. Third, we must rely upon the strength of the Holy Spirit to do these things. As we trust Him, He will give us the power to resist sin and to glorify Him.

Holy Spirit, forgive me for the many times that I have grieved You by my thoughts and actions. I know that You live in me and You know everything about me. Grant me grace today to honor You in all that I do. Make me sensitive to Your presence and power in my life.

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