Events of today caused me to think much more deeply about how sinful behavior of Christians affects Divine Persons. As I was pleading with someone who has fallen into sin, the Spirit directed me to Ephesians where Paul expressed something about the Spirit we need to carefully consider.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). This verse is found in the middle of very clear exhortations to put off certain sinful practices that are a grief the Holy Spirit.
Since the Holy Spirit dwells within the believer (John 14:17, 23), how careful we must be and quick to obey both the Word and His promptings in us. We often act as if there are no consequences to our behavior. When we read a verse like Ephesians 4:30, we should immediately realize that sinful actions, words and attitudes have a direct impact on our relationship with a Divine Person who lives within us. Can we bear to grieve Him without immediate repentance?
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