Verse of the day
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
The Holy Spirit is such a beautiful gift to us as believers and our text today brings this truth to us again in such a clear, unmistakable way.
Loving and Grieving
The word “grieve” used in today’s verse establishes the Holy Spirit as a Person. He is a person with feelings, thoughts, desires. He is not a force, an influence or an “it,” but a living, eternal Being who is actively involved in our lives. So real is His involvement in our lives that it would draw such a strong emotion as grief. You don’t grieve over a distant person who died though you may be saddened by it. True grief is expressed over people we deeply love.
He loves us.
Therefore, this warning not to grieve the Holy Spirit means that first we are His beloved and He cares deeply about us and what happens in our lives.
Secondly, it shows that the Spirit’s grief over the sins mentioned in the preceding and following verses (verses 29, 31) are not little swats on our arms. They are deep loses that the Spirit grieves over. We should not take them lightly but hold them with the weight He does. It is also true that when we grieve over these things, He grieves with us.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The gift of the Holy Spirit is important for our full salvation. By Him, we are sealed and branded by God for the day of redemption. By the stamp of the Spirit, when the day of final redemption comes, God looks upon us for His seal before He can call us His own.
Since this is true, we begin to understand why our walk with the Spirit and our obedience to Him, is very important for us. We must not grieve Him but seek to please the One who loves us so dearly and is God’s seal on us.
Father, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit. I receive grace to walk with the Spirit today and to submit to His leading at every moment.
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