Grieving the Holy Spirit by Ken Edgerly
Ephesians 4:30-32 NASB Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. When I was young, one of the things I would hear my dad often say was, "gooood grrrief". And it was said just like that. It was like his grief came in the form of anger and frustration so whenever I heard this verse I would always picture the Holy Spirit being angry with me. It has just been very recently that I've come to realize what this verse really means. When we do the things listed here in this text, I believe rather than being angry at us for doing these things, He knows where it all came from, the enemy. I don't believe it's these things that grieve Him so much but it's more about what these things do to our relationship with Him. I have been thinking about what else I do that might grieve the Holy Spirit. I believe one thing that really grieves the Holy Spirit is when my time is spent more on comforts of the flesh rather than spending time in the spirit with Him. I think of the movie, Toy Story. When the kids grew older and sheriff Woody and the other toys were just sitting on the shelf, grieving, because they were no longer important. I think that is kind of how it is with the Holy Spirit except with the Holy Spirit its a little different in that He grieves because He has so much to offer us to make our lives so full of joy and peace and when we become too busy to spend time with Him He grieves for our sake, not with anger but with sorrow. I believe He wants us to enjoy the things He has blessed us with but not to the extent that we forget where these things came from. As we enjoy life He wants to enjoy life with us and be in constant communication, leading us in an abundant, joy filled life.