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On Grieving the Holy Spirit

Some helpful insights about “…do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” (Eph. 4:30), from C.H. Spurgeon:


“Our text, moreover, reveals to us the close connection between the Holy Spirit and the believer; He must take a very tender and affectionate interest in us since He is grieved by our shortcomings and our sins. He is not a God who reigns in solitary isolation, divided by a great gulf, but He, the blessed Spirit, comes into such near contact with us, takes such minute observations, feels such tender regards, that He can be grieved by our faults and follies. Although the word ‘grieve’ is a painful one, yet there is honey in the rock; for it is an inexpressibly delightful thought that He who rules heaven and earth, and is the Creator of all things, and the infinite and ever blessed God, condescends to enter into such infinite relationships with His people that His divine mind may be affected by their actions. What a marvel that Deity should be said to grieve over the faults of beings so utterly insignificant as we are! We may not understand the expression literally, as though the sacred Spirit could be affected with sorrow like to human sorrow, but we must not forego the consolatory assurance that He takes the same deep interest in us as a fond parent takes in a beloved but wayward child; and is not this a marvel? Let those who cannot feel be unmoved. As for me, I shall not cease to wonder and adore!”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Grieve Not the Holy Spirit, sermon #738)


Oh beloved, may we likewise wonder and adore our Triune God all the more, and joyfully grow in holiness lest we grieve the One who loves us so!


Because Christ lives, and is returning,


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