My first article dealt with why we should not grieve the Holy Spirit by establishing the following:
1) The believer can grieve the Holy Spirit.
2) Our salvation from beginning to end, which was purchased by the work of Christ is worked out by the Spirit of Christ.
3) The Holy Spirit is the essential part of the practical outworking of the blessings of our heavenly Father.
4) In light of these truths, we ought to be very conscious and careful that we are pleasing the Holy Spirit lest we grieve Him and block His work in our lives.
Now, let's look at what causes the Holy Spirit grief.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:30-32. (NIV)
First, we are given a list of what causes the Holy Spirit grief [v.30-31]
· Malice in all forms
This list specifically deals with how we treat people. We can grieve the Spirit by sinning against God. But here, Paul is dealing with social sins. This is transgressing the new commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us [John 13:34]. How we treat one another is very important to the Spirit of God.
Next, we are given a list of what pleases the Holy Spirit [v. 32].
This list is our goal in treating people as Christ is treating us. This fulfills the law of love and pleases the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. This is life in the Spirit.
In conclusion, failing to walk pleasing to God is this area is not only a sin against people, but of much greater consequence rejecting the Spirit of God. The following scripture makes this very clear.
“Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:8 (NIV)
Our goal is to live pleasing to God until the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I hope this has helped.
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BY Mike Byrum
Pastor Mike assists in directing IMPACT under the supervision of the Pastors Alliance for County Transformation