Grieve Not The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:29-32
“29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

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What is it that grieves the Holy Spirit? Is it sin?  Is it not attending church, not reading your Bible?  The way some preach on this topic, you’re lead to believe that almost ANYTHING could “Grie-e-eve the Ho-o-o-ly Spirit!”

Out Of Context.

This passage of scripture is an example of what can happen when the Bible is taken out of context.  Any time you take a “Text” out of it’s “Con-text,” you are left with a Con.”   Let’s take another look at these verses in their proper context.

The passage begins by saying, “Let no corrupt COMMUNICATION proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying….”  Why edifying?

THAT IT MAY MINISTER GRACE UNTO THE HEARERS.”

Minister Grace.

Paul, writing under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, is concerned that we, meaning “BELIEVERS,” minister “grace unto the hearers.”  He doesn’t mean to simply refrain from vulgarity, although that is certainly included. He said “ANY WORDS” that do not minister grace to the hearers.

Here is a list of words from which to refrain:

#1 All bitterness
#2 Wrath
#3 Anger
#4 Clamour
#5 Evil speaking
Put these things away from you.
ALONG WITH……..
#6 ALL MALICE

This includes deriding yourself by confessing things about yourself that are not what Jesus says about you such as “I’m dirty, I’m no good,” or the ever popular, “I’m so sinful.”

The Spirit Of Truth.

Church, Jesus went and endured unimaginable torture AND the cross AND all His Father’s judicial punishment, paying an incalculable price to redeem you and I.

HOW DARE YOU CALL “SINFUL” WHOM GOD HAS MADE RIGHTEOUS BY THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF HIS BELOVED SON, making it seem like Jesus didn’t do a complete work. AS IF!

When you do that, the Holy Spirit, Who is the SPIRIT OF TRUTH mind you, is forced to fold His arms. It grieves Him when you speak such lies.

He CANNOT bless that.

What Grieves Jesus?

What grieves Jesus is the same thing that grieves The Holy Spirit: Corrupt or ungracious talk coming out of your mouth, like the ones above, or when you are unmerciful to others…..

ESPECIALLY OTHER BELIEVERS.

That’s what the Pharisees did continually. They didn’t care about people getting healed or blessed or set free.  It was the hardness of their hearts toward others–their total lack of mercy–that grieved and angered Him.

So……..”Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers”….including you.

That’s how we “Grieve not the Holy Spirit.”

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