The Holy Spirit is not a force or energy- He is the third person in the Trinity. He is the very person that lives in us and brings us into relationship with the Father and Son. We should consider Him to be like a dove in character- pure and holy (John 1:32); and like fire in power- indestructible and mighty (Acts 1:8,2:3). Therefore, we must live to please Him and never grieve Him.
“17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
HOW YOU LIVE MATTERS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Ephesians 4:30, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
(NLT) “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”
- GRIEVE: To make sad or offend.
- THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is not a force, He is the third person in the Trinity (Matthew 28:19).
- He convicts us of sin (John 16:8).
- He permanently indwells us (John 14:16-17).
- He seals us (Ephesians 1:13).
- He teaches us (John 14:26).
- He guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
- He reminds us of God’s Word (John 14:26).
- He bears fruit through us (Galatians 5:22-23).
- He comforts us (John 16:7).
- He equips us with spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
- He fills us (Ephesians 5:18).
- He empowers us (Acts 1:8).
- He brings judgment (Acts 5:3,9).
- He gives us the Mind of Christ (Romans 8:6 & 1 Corinthians 2:16).
- He gives us the identity of Christ when He sanctifies us (1 Peter 1:2).
- SEALED: To be marked and secured like an important document that can only be opened by permission (Ephesians 1:13-14).
- DAY OF REDEMPTION: The day we receive our resurrected bodies. We were spiritually redeemed (set free from slavery) from our sinful flesh when we are born again (Ephesians 1:7) and we will be physically redeemed at the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 & 1 Corinthians 15:35-58).
FLESH=GRIEVING THE SPIRIT vs. FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT=PLEASING GOD
Aim to never grieve the Holy Spirit, but to please Him in all that you do!