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Grieving the Holy Spirit

Grieving the Holy Spirit
Understanding The Consequences of Our Actions

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

Have you ever had someone's actions grieve you?  It can be something they said or did, and it just left you sad, hurt or upset.  I am pretty sure we all have experienced this, and the chances are equally high we have grieved someone else.  And it's not only people we can do this to - we can actually grieve the Holy Spirit by our actions.  We are actually given a command not to do this (Eph. 4:30).

Q:    So what can we do as Christian believers to grieve the Holy Spirit?  

Well let's take a look at the adjoining verses here in Ephesians to see what the Apostle Paul was referring to here specifically.

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:29, 31-32 (NKJV)

The first thing we can determine is there is a huge emphasis on our speech being good and edifying -  we therefore grieve the Holy Spirit when we partake in evil speaking.   In addition to grieving the Holy Spirit, unedifying speech provides a quick snapshot into a person's walk with God at that particular moment.  When we hear murmuring, slander, backbiting and gossip, it is a clear indication they are lacking peace within their lives.  Contrarily, when we hear genuinely consistent gracious speech filled with thanks, praise and encouragement we know the Spirit is probably strong within them, which means they're probably abiding in God and staying in His word.

The next characteristic given by Paul here in these verses known to grieve the Holy Spirit is our not being tenderhearted (compassionate), and forgiving others as God forgave us.  I think the lack of forgiveness is a stumbling point for many of us, as we can easily forget how much we have been forgiven -  and yet we can be so adamant about holding others accountable.  

We need to understand we can actually hurt ourselves both spiritually and physically when we hold on to unforgiveness.  We need to forgive others to keep ourselves safe against the attacks upon our mental health and emotional stability.  Anger and bitterness eat us up and it causes stress within our lives and this quickens the failing of our body.  God knew what He was doing when he told us to forgive others.

Hey Christian, if we are to be successful in our Christian walk we must have the Holy Spirit guiding and leading us into all understanding (John 14:26).  Let's not grieve the Holy Spirit by doing anything to hinder Him from helping us the way God intended.  When we have sinned, we need to get right with God immediately by repenting (turning from our sin).  He will be faithful to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9), and we will be restored with full power from the Holy Spirit.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ephesians 4:29-32 what grieves the Holy Spirit?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Can you find things within your life you need to turn over to God so you might again receive power from the Holy Spirit?

APPLICATION:  Ask God what needs to be addressed within your life.  Now give it over to Him.  Ask Him to empower you to turn from whatever it is leading you away from God.

Father, thank You for the Power of Your Holy Spirit in my life.  I can fully see the times where I have strayed and the power has been diminished, and as a result so has my ability to live as a witness to Your great love.  Help me today to live according to Your Word and empower me, and fill me up with Your Holy Spirit so I will have everything needed to do what You have planned in my life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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