Part one can be read here.
When I was wrestling with concept of "grieving the Holy Spirit," I began looking deeper at the "how" we grieve the Holy Spirit, what happens as He is grieved, and how do we alleviate that grief. This post is about the "how."
It is always a dangerous thing (especially to your pride) to ask the Lord to reveal your sin. Ask me how I know. Be honest here....how many times have you thought you have confessed all your sin only for the Lord to reveal more? So you confess more. And then He reveals some more. And you confess. And then there is still more.... until you are broken and the pride you started with is shattered and you realize you are nothing but a sinner saved by grace and the pride your started out with is gone and replace with deep gratitude for what Christ has done for you. Yep. Been there. Lots.
Well, that is where I found myself in talking with the Lord about grieving the Holy Spirit. I asked Him a simple question and my prayer went something like this:
ME: "Lord, it must be difficult to grieve the Holy Spirit. He must be able to bear alot. I do know that your Word tells us that His job is to convict of sin, reveal truth, and to comfort. So, I am not really clear on how we can inflict deep sorrow (definition of grieve) on Him. Really? Can't He bear it?"
As I sat and listened and search the Scriptures, I began to write in my journal and below is what I recorded:
"Quite frankly, it is very easy to grieve the Holy Spirit. It is easier than you think. His "first name", if you will, is "HOLY" and He cannot tolerate sin anymore than I (God) can."
And I began to weep as I came to understand, yet again for the upteenth time, how the HOLY Spirit dwells within me (us) and EVERY sin causes Him grief.
Think about these things and see if any hit close to home:
*Inward sin - those no one sees but we know about (our thought life, our hearts)
NOTE: Anytime our heart is set on anything other than Christ and pursuing Him, we grieve the Holy Spirit because Christ wants us and our affections. Anytime we set our minds on earthly affections...Col 3..the Holy Spirit knows that worldly affections will damage our souls and He is grieved.
*Outward acts of sin
*Forgetting God/Neglecting God
- what about when we never pray? really pray? (I am not talking about grace at meals but deep prayer.)
- rarely read His Word?
- never seek to do good in His world
- living for ourselves
*Does not the Holy Spirit grieve when we choose novels over Scripture? Facebook over Prayer? friends over missions?
* Would you be grieved if you should write letters of great importance to some beloved family members (spouse, parent, children) and they ignored them?
We can say we have no time for God but the Holy Spirit sees us as our fingers surf the internet.
We say we have little time for Bible Study or reading the Bible but the Holy Spirit sees how many hours we spend in relaxation and amusement.
AND He is grieved. He knows you and me have chosen the world over the Lord.
What would we be doing with our time if the Almighty God was physically present in the room with us?
Stay tuned for Part 3....