You can't grieve the wind
June 13, 2016 | by: Jason Shiels | 0 Comments
Posted in: Relationship
Have you ever felt grieved in your heart about something? Let's be honest it's so often a relationship conflict or problem that cuts deepest. The more significant the relationship to us, the greater the grief we can feel when someone we love hurts us.
Let's pause for a moment to remember that we too can grieve the Holy Spirit by wrong attitudes or actions. The Holy Spirit is as much God as Jesus or the Father, and is a divine Person. The Holy Spirit is described at times in the Bible using metaphors like wind and fire but this is to describe His nature and work, and is most definitely not meant to lead us to depersonalize Him and call Him an 'it'! When the Bible speaks of the fact that we can grieve the Spirit of God this highlights to us the fact that we are to relate to Him out of relationship and not to take for granted that the way we treat the Holy Spirit is tremendously important and can have an affect upon our relationship and fellowship with Him and indeed upon His operations in our midst.
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" EPHESIANS 4V30
So what might Paul have been talking about that can grieve the Holy Spirit? Well, let's have a look at the previous verse to find out....(v29)
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." (ESV)
So what comes out of our minds via our hearts can either corrupt others or build into them in a way that will "give grace" to those who hear. What a powerful and sobering point.
Paul seems to be clearly showing his readers that the way that we treat others is a reflection of whether we are relating well with the Holy Spirit or not.
By tearing others down with various forms of 'corrupting talk' we are misaligned with the Person and work of the Holy Spirit! By seeking to build others up in the Lord the Holy Spirit releases grace into those actions as the Spirit of grace (Heb 10v29) works through faith being expressed in love.
I believe that one way to grow in Christ-likeness is to learn to fellowship with the Person of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This means learning to host His indwelling Presence and to relate to Him as a personal God in a personal and intimate way. Let me conclude by suggesting a few forms of "corrupting talk" that we can and should avoid, and to remember that they are not part of the character or work of the Holy Spirit!
- coarse joking - Eph. 5v4 "Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving"
- gossip - 2 Cor. 12v20 "For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder"
- slander - 1 Peter 2v1 "So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander."
There are others I could include here but this is surely enough to chew upon for one day?
Are you aware of the Holy Spirit and that you can grieve Him or host Him well in your life? It's a vital lesson to learn, because the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift that we have been given in the New Covenant in Christ, and we should long to please Him and keep in step with Him and be aligned to Him.
Lord may no ungodly gossip, slander or unwholesome talk come out of our hearts or mouths this day or in our lives. May we be so aware of your Presence with us and that you are the HOLY Spirit! In Jesus Name, Amen.