Grieving the Holy Spirit

BY:  CHRIS WINFREE

EMAIL ADDRESS:  cwinfree@remarinc.com   

BIBLE TEXT:  Ephesians 4:30 – “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Okay, have you ever done something that you knew was wrong but you did it anyway?  In addition, have you ever heard the voice of the Lord tell you “DON’T” while you were in the process of making said bad decision, but you did it anyway? And to add insult to injury, were you not only convicted of the bad decision before you even made it, but you knew that you disappointed the Lord to a point where you felt further away from Him afterwards? It is at that point when you know how it feels to grieve the Spirit.  It feels terrible.  I don’t know about you, but I have done that before…on more than one occasion in fact, and I regretted every instance to a point of true repentance.

Grieve: Feel great sorrow, to oppress or wrong, lament, weep, suffer, mourn.  Implies deep emotional suffering often endured alone and in silence but revealed by one’s countenance. 

So then it begs to question…How do we grieve the Holy Spirit?  Read Ephesians 4:31 to find out.  Plus, I am sure that we have all heard of the Ten Commandments.  Let’s keep them.

PERSONAL APPLICATION:  I am committed to you, God!

PRAYER:  Thank you, Lord, for reminding me of how critical it is that I stay closely connected to you. Continue challenging me. I love you, Lord. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Winfree is a Royal Rangers senior commander.  He is always seeking and wanting more of God.

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