“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” Ephesians 4:30
What is God trying to do in your life? Let’s be specific. We talked about the fruit of the Spirit. God through the Holy Spirit is working to grow these character traits in our lives. So in the circumstances of your life right now which of the fruit is God providing opportunity for further development? It could be he’s working on more than one.
Then there’s the gifts of the Spirit. I haven’t written about the gifts of the Spirit yet. These gifts are special abilities that are given to individuals for the benefit of the church. In addition to these gifts we can add skills and aptitudes that may be present in the life. These are also given so that they might be used to strengthen and equip the church. Has the Holy Spirit been prompting you, calling you, suggesting to you that you ought to be using abilities he’s given you to do a work for him but you’ve been putting him off?
Perhaps the Holy Spirit has found a willing soul that is stepping forward to do his bidding. But it’s not in a course that you would have chosen. Perhaps you even think it’s unwise. But are you certain that in the barriers you may be erecting to prevent, block or discourage this course of action that you are not working against the Holy Spirits purpose?
“Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.” It humbles me to consider how easy it is to obstruct the working of God in my life, and his church, and by this grieve his Holy Spirit. It could be that I am thwarting him in ways no one will ever be aware of. Or it could be that others, my family, my church, my neighbors, they are aware that there is a lack but they don’t know that I was the one chosen by the Holy Spirit to fill that need. Or that perhaps I am the one preventing someone else from meeting that need. So many ways for me to grieve the Holy Spirit.
There is only one safe guard. More of the Spirit. More submission to his leading. More hesitancy to act without first seeking his will and guidance. More listening for when he might warn, counsel or forbid us from harmful actions. And more willingness to act when he says to go and to do. We know we can trust him. It’s time that we do what the old hymn tells us to do and “Only trust Him, only trust Him, only trust Him now