Ephesians 4:30, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Some people in the church forget that the Holy Spirit is just as much of a person as the Father and Son are.  Unfortunately, Christians can sometimes treat the Holy Spirit like He is an “it” or just a “force” rather then a fully divine person of the God nature.  However, the Bible is very clear that the Holy Spirit is not just a “force” but He is a fully divine person that possesses a mind, will, and emotions.

The Bible teaches us that God is three divine person in one being- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19.  This doesn’t mean the Father is one-third God and the Son is one-third, and so on.  But rather, that each person of the God nature is 100% divine and that together they are the one being in the Bible known as “Yahweh,” Isaiah 48:16.

Therefore, the Holy Spirit is worthy of worship, total obedience, and ultimate honor.  Paul in the above passage warns the disciples to not “grieve the Holy Spirit of God,” which means to not “cause sorrow by breaking His commands.”  We can grieve the Holy Spirit when don’t follow His guidance.  We can also make Him angry by lying to Him (Acts 5:9) and we can actually blaspheme Him (attribute His works to Satan) and not even be able to be forgiven, Mark 3:29.

It is very important to honor and love the Holy Spirit just like we honor and love the Father and Son.  Therefore, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, comfort you, and even convict you of your sins- but always try to avoid grieving him and making Him angry.  For those who are really led by the Spirit are truly the sons and daughters of God, Romans 8:14.


Reflection

Do you honor the Holy Spirit like you do the Father and Son?

Action

  1. Repent if you have ever grieved or angered the Holy Spirit.
  2. Develop a close relationship with the Holy Spirit and ask Him to lead you in life.
  3. Remind other Christians that the Holy Spirit is a fully divine person.

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