Have You Been Grieving the Holy Spirit?
Be More Intentional in How You Live Your Life
by Veritas Vita 777
I read this note in my study Bible today regarding the section titled Do Not Grieve the Spirit from Eph. 4:25-32, “The Holy Spirit should never be pushed away, ignored, or rejected. If we would remember that the One who lives in us is God’s own Spirit, we would be much more selective about what we think, read, watch, say, and do. Note that Paul acknowledges that evil thoughts and actions are temptations even for those who are sealed by the Holy Spirit.”
Have I done any of those things to the Holy Spirit during my Christian walk? Of course, I have. Am I proud of those moments? No. Yet, I have failed at times. I’m so thankful that God forgives me when I mess up. He helps me get back on track again.
Am I selective in those five things?
Do I think (meditate) on things that are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things (Phil 4:8).
Am I selective in what I read and watch daily? Am I selective in what I say and do? Wow, just asking myself those questions gives me pause. I don’t want to grieve the Holy Spirit in my life.
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give [a]place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [b]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [c]clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Eph. 4:25-32, NKJV)
I want to be even more intentional in how I live my life. What about you?
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