”Do not grieve the Holly Spirit”. I have heard this New Testament command all of my life. As a child, growing up, it was all about sin. Sin was the culprit that grieved the Holly Spirit. As I have become more knowledgeable of grace, my thought became, “If in God’s eyes, I am holy and blameless, then how is He grieved by sin? He doesn’t see it?”
So this morning, I’m asking: “How do I grieve the Holy Spirit?”
I think we grieve the Holy Spirit every time we embrace or agree with any lie, thought or action that is incongruent with our true identity in Christ. I believe the Holy Spirit’s heartbreaks when we live below our pay grade. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we:
Allow fear to rule us,
Agree with hopelessness,
Are unkind or unloving,
Refuse to forgive or refuse to accept the forgiveness given by God,
Walk in condemnation,
Allow sin to be our master,
Yes, all of this can grieve the Holy Spirit. But here is the good news. While He is grieved, He is not offendable. His grief does not cause Him to leave you. If you allow Him, He will lead you into truth. He will hold your hand and show you a better way.
Brothers and sisters, do not grieve the Holy Spirit. But allow Him to lead you into paths of righteousness. Let him teach you who you truly are in Christ. Let Him remind you that:
You are a person of faith,
You always have hope,
You are kind and loving,
You are forgiven and therefore you forgive freely,
You are not condemned,
You have been set free from sin!
Agree with who God says you are and you will not grieve the Holy Spirit.
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Ephesians 4:30 NASB
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