“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).
Have you ever considered that our actions can grieve the Holy Spirit of God? What does that mean? How do we grieve the Holy Spirit? Does God sit around weeping tears of grief every time we sin or act in an unbecoming way? If so, He would no time to do anything but grieve, because there is a lot of unbecoming words and actions going on in His Church. The question of grieving the Holy Spirit came to me during my early morning quite times in the Word. I struggled for an answer, so I inquired of the Lord, knowing that He is eager for us to increase in knowledge and understanding. We will find that God does not delay when we are seeking knowledge and understanding of His Word. He will speak through a teacher, or preacher, or quite often. by revelation of knowledge from Him to our own minds. A few days later, I was on our front porch doing my annual cleaning of windows from mildew. Unable to reach the top trim boards, I stood on a small two step ladder. As I was going about my task, my wife came outside and said, “I do not want you standing on a ladder.” Mind you, this one had only two steps and granted, I was on the top one, but what can happen from being only two feet off the ground? Granted, I had some years earlier fallen off a much taller ladder and suffered cracked ribs, bruised heart, and contorted fingers, so I knew where she was coming from. She persisted that I get down, to which i replied in a very harsh voice, “Please go away and leave me alone!” She did exactly as I demanded. Without a word, she turned and went back into the house. Instantly, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “You have just grieved the Holy Spirit.” Understand that the work of the Holy Spirit is not to condemn, but to convict (Rom. 8:1) I was certainly convicted for my harsh words. Getting down off the ladder, I went to her, put my ego in my pocket, took her in my arms and said, “Honey, I am sorry for the way I spoke to you, please forgive me.” Have you been guilty of grieving the Holy Spirit? If so, it is always a good thing to ask forgiveness from the Lord, and the harder part, to ask forgiveness from someone we may have injured with words. Yes, our sins are covered by grace, but our refusal to humble ourselves and seek forgiveness can and will hinder our relationship with the Father and others as well.
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