The letter to the Ephesians tells us “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” I don’t know about you, but the part of this verse that I always gravitated towards was the part about being sealed till redemption, I always liked the part about being kept until redemption. I never spent much time thinking about the grieving part.
Recently God sort of quickened this verse in me and I think maybe brought me a little enlightenment I wanted to share.
Pondering what it is that might bring about this grieving of the Holy Spirit led me of course to Ephesians 4:30. Then wanting to get the whole thought or context I read several verses before and after verse 30. What I discovered is there are several things listed there that Paul tells us not to do such as don’t lie to each other, don’t go to sleep at night with anger unresolved, and stop stealing and go to work so that you might give to others in need.
While all of those things are very important could it be that verse 29 grieves the Holy Spirit the most. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
What if our language is the one thing that grieves the Holy Spirit the most? I wonder what would happen if we did an experiment? If for a period of time we actually put into practice what this tells us and we only used words full of grace, encouragement, joy, truth and enlightenment. What if we did set aside all of the worldliness and coarse jesting spoken of in chapter 5 and spoke only with a language that created free-range for the Holy Spirit to do what he does best?
How long has it been since you truly had an encounter with the Holy Spirit? How long has it been since you had that overwhelming sense of his presence in your life? How long has it been since you can honestly say that God spoke to you?
If your life resembles a rerun of the worst Monday you remember. If you feel worse when you get up in the morning than when you went to bed. Maybe, just maybe what you are dealing with is a grieved Holy Spirit. I for one believe if you are a born again child of God the Holy Spirit resides within you, and he promises to never leave us, but he may not be very happy. The Bible tells us that the Kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit.
Written by Louie