Monday, November 23, 2015

Grieving the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30)

Today's scripture: Ephesians 4:30

On Friday, we looked at how we should avoid “unwholesome” words. When we don’t, we “grieve the Holy Spirit of God.”

What does it mean to “grieve the Holy Spirit”? To grieve is to “cause to suffer.” Can you imagine it? Causing the Holy Spirit—part of the triune God—to suffer? As Paul often wrote, may it never be!

What is the result of our grieving the Spirit? I researched this concept, and the Adam Clarke Commentary says, when we “give to sin,” we grieve the Spirit so He “shall withdraw both [His] light and presence …” The Matthew Henry Concise Commentary exhorts, “
Provoke not the holy, blessed Spirit of God to withdraw his presence and his gracious influences.”

Oh my … This puts my using “unwholesome” words—or sinning at all—in a new perspective. I need the Spirit’s affirmation and conviction daily. And to think that my sin might cause Him to withdraw His influence?

That causes me to grieve.

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