Grieve Not the Holy Spirit
- Date: June 6, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Ephesianbs 4:29-30)
- From No Greater Love
A while back, we were teaching a lot on the cross and we were asking how do we really perceive ourselves. See, if we see ourselves as truly low and humble, then can anybody ever do anything that's humiliating to us? Can you be humiliated if you're humble? And the response is you turn the other cheek. You pray for those people. You look to speak in grace into their lives and speak unto edification. Why? That you might be perfect like your Father in heaven is perfect. "Man, I don't know if that's possible." It's possible. The blood of Jesus provided it for us. The indwelling Holy Spirit brings sufficient grace and faith to be able to fulfill these admonitions. Make sure that it ministers grace to the hearer (Ephesians 4:29). "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God…Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice" (Ephesians 4:30-31).
Now, remember what is happening here. He is speaking to a fellowship. This is not being addressed to an individual. This is a letter that is being addressed to the church of Ephesus. The church of Ephesus was probably one of the most doctrinally correct, spiritual churches in existence at this time. It was a powerful church, a biblically orderly church, a church that loves the Bible, studies the Bible, seeks out those that are involved in false doctrine. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee…" the book of Revelation says about the Ephesians church, "You've done something." What? "…Thou hast left thy first love." You've lost sight that all of this doctrine you know, and all of these principles you've learned, and all of this Word that's right off your tongue is all to be governed by love. The only reason you know all this stuff you know, and the only reason you've experienced all the things you've experienced, is because while you were a sinner God loved you. And now some of us think that we can love more than God loves, that our system of justice is higher than God's. He basically said in that one statement to the church of Ephesus-listen-let me just filter this thing down for you. "Love never fails. You've started living for yourself and not for My glory." Part of the reason we know that's what's being said in the Revelation passage is because what the Holy Spirit is saying to them right here. He said, "I want all this bickering in the church to stop." This is what the Holy Ghost is saying. This is what the Apostle Paul is saying. "You guys are grieving the Holy Spirit. Let this nonsense, this bickering, this pettiness, not be once named among you," he goes on to say in the next chapter. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you… [Here's a word from the Holy Ghost.] And be ye kind one to another…."