Grieving the Spirit

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

When we deliberately do what is wrong, we drag Holy Spirit right into the same mire of sin with us, because He lives in us and goes wherever we go. ~ Rick Renner, Sparkling Gems from the Greek

When I read those words from Rick Renner, it was gave me pause to thing about how I have grieved the Holy Spirit with wrong attitudes and actions in my life. I believe that Holy Spirit is with us even when our sin is not deliberate. It just saddens me more to think of the times I have intentionally chosen to take Him into the mire of my sin.

I think about how often I have chose to turn to food for comfort or to numb myself instead of turning to God, my Comforter.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Or the times that I have been lazy and not taken care of my body, His temple.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Or how I have manipulated words to get what I wanted.

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” John 12:36-37

Those are just a few of my intentional actions to do wrong that I have brought Holy Spirit into. I admit, I have never really given thought to the fact Holy Spirit is with me in my sin, and how that must grieve Him. It saddens me to think about the sins I have committed since I became a Christian and became the temple of Holy Spirit at eight years old. He never left me even when I walked away from Him.

All I can say, is Dear Lord, I am so sorry. Help me to do better!

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