Grieving the Holy Spirit

Grieving the Holy Spirit is a biblical phrase that may evoke incorrect images. Exactly what does it mean? How does one grieve the Holy Spirit?

You may be surprised that grieving the Holy Spirit is not some recent New Testament thing. Isaiah 63:10 says that the people who Moses delivered “vexed the Holy Spirit.” Vexing the Holy Spirit means to grieve Him. It does, look it up.

It is rather self-explanatory how the people of Israel vexed the Holy Spirit in the wilderness–they rebelled against God, became stubborn and whiney and the Holy Spirit began working against them to their destruction.

Ephesians 4 tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit and this little phrase is stuck in a section of Paul’s commands for believers. Apparently, not doing these commands grieves the Spirit.

Not doing what God wants us to do is what grieves the Holy Spirit. So, on top of disobeying God, we also grieve the Holy Spirit when we disobey, making our offense double at least.

Those who are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. There is no condemnation to those who walk in the Spirit. Following the Spirit is a big deal with God. Don’t blow it like Israel did.

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