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How Do We Grieve the Holy Spirit?

When you set your heart to receive Christ you were important enough to be purchased with the highest price possible. Yes, you.

The blood that was paid for your sin wasn’t just any person’s blood; it belonged to Jesus, the very Son of God. His blood did not come from any human’s blood line; it was pure from sin so He could pay the price required for your sin. Paul tells us that “our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…you were marked in him [Christ] with a seal.” You have His seal in you.

This term was well understood by the people. Stamping with seals had been known for thousands of years. A seal would be a ring or medallion engraved by a devise. This engraving then could make an impression on clay, wax, lead or papyrus. A stamp was used by someone in authority, or with power. Official documents were rolled, tied together with a knotted string and a lump of clay was pressed with the signet ring of the owner, or writer. As the second highest ranked person in the kingdom of Egypt, Joseph had the authority of Pharaoh to use his ring as a seal.

Here is something important to know: When a person believes on Christ and accepts His sacrifice, he or she is marked with a seal of His authority‒His Holy Spirit. His love purchased us and we are no longer our own, we are marked as God’s, we belong to Him. Our desire then should be to serve and follow Him. You can contact Him any time, at any place and you don’t have to wait in line. Because of His gift of love “let us glorify God with our body and with our spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19‒20).

Although we still live in this world we are not to partake of its wickedness. The believer is told, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30 NIV). The Holy Spirit is a person–for only a person can be grieved. “No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” I Corinthians 2:11, NIV).

What grieves the Spirit of God? It’s when we continue to live in our former sinful habits.

The apostle Paul tells the Ephesian Church (4:29-31), “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander along with every form of malice.” Not only is the Holy Spirit grieved by these, but we harm our own spirit.

Don’t play with God’s grace offered to you by ignoring your sinful ways and words. The Holy Spirit in you (the temple) is grieved with these actions and therefore God’s heart. Quickly ask for His forgiveness. You are not your own, you have been brought out of slavery to sin and (and all its filth) into right standing before Him. You are sealed with His Spirit, you belong to him.

Get rid of all that grieves the Spirit of God and that tears you down to the pit of hell. Only Christ can clean up your life, so call on His powerful Spirit within you and experience a transformation that will make people gasp when they see you.

For our own spiritual health, we don’t want to purposely grieve God’s Spirit and God’s heart. Our rewards are not only heavenly but we are guaranteed intimacy with Christ that exceeds any other experience and that will always meet our need.

We are no longer our own, we’ve been bought with a price and sealed by His Spirit. Christ wants us to experience a blessed life that is beneficial for us and for His kingdom.

Florence Simmons writes to glorify God and to help believers know Christ. Contact her,