Read: Ephesians 4:25-32

If money were missing from your wallet, you would be angry. But if you discovered that your child was the one who stole it, your anger would quickly turn into grief. One use of the word grief is to describe the sorrow we feel when those we love disappoint us and let us down.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God” (Eph. 4:30) essentially means not to hurt the One who loves us and is here to help us. Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit is sent to us by the Father to be our Helper (John 14:26). When the Holy Spirit in us is grieved by our actions or attitudes, the result can be immense tension. The Spirit pulls us in one direction, but the lusts of the flesh pulls us in another. Paul says in Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” If this continues, we may begin to feel guilty and dissatisfied with life. Soon, joy and vigour may diminish within us, only to be replaced by disinterest and lethargy (Ps. 32:3-4).

So “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). He was given in love to help you in your Christian walk. “Put away” the bad choices of the flesh (Eph. 4:31), and live faithfully for God. Always remember that the Christian’s heart is the Spirit’s home.

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