Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit

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

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit showing someone sorrowful

The Holy Spirit can be grieved. He is a Person with emotions. He is God. We will briefly examine what it means to grieve the Spirit with examples of things that grieve Him.

The term “grieve” means to “cause to feel sorrow or unhappiness.”  An easy way to understand this is to look in the mirror; look at yourself to reflect on what grieves you and why. God made us in His image: we are like Him—not the other way around, that God is like us!  He is perfect, and we are broken, but that image in us is not entirely erased. 

Jesus, as the God-Man, God in the flesh, makes it possible to see how the invisible Father and Spirit become grieved in real-life situations. Mark records:

“And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart… (Mark 3:5 ESV)

Jesus was unhappy or sorrowful when He saw the hardened hearts of the religious leaders, petrified by the religious spirit. Unbelief and stubbornness grieved Jesus, and so grieved the Father and the Spirit.

But in Ephesians 4:30 above, Paul had specific vices in mind that made the Spirit sorrowful. From verses 29 to 32, he mentions corrupting (foul) talk, resentment, bad temper, quarreling, evil, slander, and malice. Think of how much we can grieve Him daily in our lives and Churches. The Lord commands us to not grieve His Holy Spirit.


Do you grieve the Spirit by some things you do? Do you know slandering pastors(or any believer) grieves the Spirit, including those you disagree with? 

Apply the Word

Do you love the Lord and His gracious Holy Spirit given to you? Then do not cause Him grief. If you do anything that grieves Him, repent, ask Him for forgiveness and refrain from it. Beware of bad temper, slander, foul talk, quarreling, etc.


Ask the Spirit to help you to please and not grieve Him.

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