Reading: Ephesians 4:25-32, focus on 4:30
Questions for observation and application:
Based on the context of verses 25-32, what sort of things might “grieve” the Holy Spirit?
What else does this verse say about our relationship to the Holy Spirit?
The commands in these verses focus on our relationship with other people, specifically those in the body of Christ (4:25). Since Paul previously states that the church is “being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (2:22), it is not surprising that sins against the community of believers would be of particular offense to the Spirit. That we can “grieve” the Spirit reminds us that the He is personal , not a force as sometimes imagined.
Even though we can, indeed, grieve the Holy Spirit, we are nevertheless “sealed” by Him for the day of redemption.
Pray: Ask God to help you live a life that is pleasing to the Spirit, specifically in the way you interact with other people. Thank Him that He has secured your salvation by sealing you with the Spirit.