Teachers Who Make a Difference – Part 4
“Teachers who make a Difference” series continues. If you are just now joining us, please also review lessons 1 through 3.
Today we take a closer look at the Holy Spirit.
It occurred to me the other day that you might not know what it means to “grieve the Holy Spirit.”
I thought I would take a few moments to dive into that and explain it. We must understand what it means as some of our current behaviors might be doing precisely that.
Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption .”
“Paul urges us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the guide of life. When we act contrary to the counsel of our parents when we are young, we hurt them. Similarly, to act contrary to the guidance of the Holy Spirit is to grieve the Spirit. We hurt the heart of God, the Father, who, through the Holy Spirit, sent his word to us.”
The word grieve in the verb form also demonstrates that the Holy Spirit is a person, not just an influence, for only a person can be grieved.
It’s natural for many people to see the Holy Spirit as merely “an influence or a principal. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit is as much a person (individual existence of a conscious being) as the Father and the Son.”
I hope that helped shed some light on that particular verse I referenced the other day.
Father, help us to make choices that do not grieve you or the Holy Spirit. We love you, and thank you for our lives. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
More tomorrow on our series, Teachers who make a difference.” I can’t wait!