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Devotional - week of February 24, 2002


GRIEVE NOT THE SPIRIT

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God  Ephesians 4:30

The Holy Spirit is within all believers and we grieve Him just as we grieve loved ones and friends.

Any failure on our part to walk with God grieves the Holy Spirit. The command, do not grieve the Spirit, though, is located in a passage of specific commands—some are negative and some are positive.

We will look first at the negative commands—things we need to cease doing because they bring grief to the Holy Spirit.

… putting away lying … Ephesians 4:25

“Be angry, and do not sin”:  do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27

Let him who stole steal no longer … Ephesians 5:28

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth … Ephesians 5:29

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  Ephesians 5:31

The first of the positives are the opposites of the first four negatives just mentioned. We are to speak truth rather than lie, be angry (righteous indignation) without sinning, work rather than steal, and speak good words that will build up others rather than corrupt words. The remaining positives are:

… be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

When we live out these positives, we are not grieving the Holy Spirit.

When we walk in the Spirit, we will live out both the negative and positive commands. We will not grieve the Holy Spirit.