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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

There are six specific sins that can be committed against the Holy Spirit. This week we focus on one of them, grieving the Holy Spirit.

In Ephesians 4:29-32, the apostle Paul writes: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not grieve God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live…. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

To grieve means to make sad or sorrowful. It means to cause sorrow, pain, or distress. But what makes the Holy Spirit sad or sorrowful? Foul and abusive language makes the Holy Spirit sad. This includes obscene language, profanity, dirty stories, vulgarity, double meanings, etc.

Bitterness makes the Holy Spirit sad and sorrowful. The definition of bitterness is “an embittered and resentful spirit that refuses to be reconciled.” Some people just like to be mad. They live for conflict, arguing, and fighting. This, as with all sin, only gets worse if left unchecked and unrepented of.

Fits of rage and uncontrolled anger make the Holy Spirit sad and sorrowful. “Rage” speaks of the person who is easily angered and who raises his voice—shouting and screaming. “Slander” is speaking evil of others behind their backs. “Malicious behavior” speaks of ill will and plotting evil against someone.

All of us have been hurt in life, but we have a choice as to how we react. We can say, “They did this to me; therefore I will have my vengeance!” Or we can believe God when He says “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

So, my friends, let’s make a renewed effort to please God by not grieving his Holy Spirit.

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