GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The transformation that comes upon putting off the old man and putting on the new man is sustained by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle taught the Ephesian Christians not to grieve the Holy Spirit because they had been sealed to the day of redemption.
It grieves the Holy Spirit when a believer goes back to his old sins. Paul taught that they were to put sins away. He said this in Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.” When a believer is provoked, he may feel wronged and therefore may think that it is justifiable for him to become bitter or angry. Thus, he falls into the trap of Satan. He forgets to put away “all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking.” He forgets the counsel to be patient. Paul called for kindness to one another, tenderheartedness and forgiveness because God has forgiven us for Christ’s sake (Eph 4:32). A loving attitude does much in the restoration of one’s enemy. The Lord will teach a believer how to show that love. That is what is meant to follow God as children.
Believers are known as Christians, i.e. followers of Christ. Christ loves us and we are to imitate His example. He went to the extent of giving His life to save us from our sins. Everyone who benefits from the gift of Christ was once an enemy of the Saviour, but He extended His grace to us and we found salvation. The sacrifice of Christ is described as a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. This is the same description that was used to describe the sacrifices in the Mosaic Law. However, those earlier sacrifices were simply pictures of Christ who was to come. He became the gift of God’s love for sinners. The Apostle gave consideration to all these factors and urged the believers to remain faithful and not to grieve the Holy Spirit.
THOUGHT: I am created unto righteousness, not to wrath.
PRAYER: Lord, may I overcome all temptations to grieve the Spirit.