Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit presence

The Holy Spirit is received at salvation. After receiving the gospel and accepting Jesus Christ, he stands by the side of the new convert to guide him into all truth and help him grow in righteousness (Ephesians 1:13-14).

He is a person and he can be grieved. Grieving the Holy Spirit means displeasing him. He can be grieved by the conduct of a person (Ephesians 4:30).

The Holy Spirit is God, and God can be grieved. He created the world in the beginning but was later corrupted by sin and wickedness. When he saw the wickedness of man, he “grieved” him to his heart (Genesis 6:5-6).

The Holy Spirit can also be quenched. The quenching of the Holy Spirit limits his control over a person. He is a guide in control over a believer. But when quenched, his control is limited. His control over a person is restricted due to continual, willful disobedience in actions (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Nothing else grieves the Holy Spirit than stubbornness and willful disobedience to his guild. He desires to lead to the path God has ordained for a believer. Stubbornness and willful disobedience resist him (Acts 7:51). 

The Holy Spirit is also grieved by sin and prayerlessness. God made man for communion and relationship. He wants to hear from him at all times and he is grieved when an individual lives in sin and is prayerless (Isaiah 43:21-22, 24).

God becomes an enemy to whoever grieves or rebels against his Holy Spirit. The children of Israel were loved by God, but their continual stubbornness in heeding the instructions of God vexed the Holy Spirit and God was angry with them (Isaiah 63:10).

It's the will of God for his Spirit to abide with man forever. Jesus said he will send the Comforter, who will abide with us forever, but a person is at risk of losing the Holy Spirit if he is persistent in willful disobedience and stubbornness. The Spirit of God departed from man when they persistently lived in sin and wickedness without remorse (Genesis 6:3).

David almost loosed the Holy Spirit when he sinned, but for remorse and repentance, he was pardoned (Psalm 51:11).
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