In Ephesians 4:17-32, Paul is helping the church distinguish between the “walk of the Gentiles” and believers who have “learned Christ – assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus” (4:21). He proceeds to list those things that we must “put off, your old self…that is corrupt” (4:22) and “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (4:24). The list of things to put off is extensive! Read verses 29, 31.
Then in verse 30, Paul says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” It is evident that the Holy Spirit longs to fill us so that God can accomplish His purposes in us for all eternity. Anything that hinders the Spirit’s desires for us is a grief to Him. Let this sink in!! If we understood this in a fuller way, we would be quick to “put off” attitudes and habits that have far too long cause the Holy Spirit to be grieved. Let us “put off” and be filled with HIM instead!
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