And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30 ESV)
The word “grieve” as used in the text above means to “cause to feel sorrow or unhappiness.” The scripture urges us not to grieve the Holy Spirit because He indeed can be grieved. He has feelings, and there are things we do that will cause sorrow “to His heart.” This truth immediately teaches us that the Holy Spirit is a Person and not a force. He has feelings. He is God Almighty. He can be pleased, as well as grieved.
The Spirit of God becomes grieved when we do certain things that bring Him sorrow. But what are some of the things that bring grief to His heart? The context of the verse above gives us sample actions that cause sorrow. Eph. 4:29-32 tells us,
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…..Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
You can see for yourself some of the things that grieve the Spirit— corrupt talk, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, malice. We can also see some of the things that please Him—“be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Think for a moment about the possibility that you can cause grief to the Holy Spirit by the way you live. Declare that “I am living in a manner that pleases the Lord in the way I think, feel, speak and act.”
APPLY THE WORD
Do you love the Lord? Then do not cause Him grief. Before you take that next step, think about the Holy Spirit.
Ask the Spirit to help you live in a manner that will please and not grieve Him.
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