And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption….
— Ephesians 4:30 (AMPC)
I take a verse such as Ephesians 4:30 very seriously—I certainly do not want to “grieve the Holy Spirit” and I know you don’t either. But how do we avoid doing it? Reading the verses surrounding verse 30 makes it clear that one thing that grieves the Holy Spirit is when people mistreat one another. Consider that:
1. In verse 29 we are encouraged to edify others with the words of our mouth.
2. Verse 31 exhorts us not to be bitter, angry, or contentious and to beware of slander, spite, and ill will.
3. In verse 32 we are told to be kind to one another, forgiving readily and freely.
When we realize it grieves the Holy Spirit when we are sharp or hateful with someone, or when we stay angry with someone, we will look to change.
I encourage you to ask God to help you see others the way He sees them. Ask Him to give you the kindness and patience you need to deal gently and lovingly with the people in your life, especially those who are unkind or difficult to be around. God will be pleased when He sees you have a heart attitude that wants to love and bless others.
Prayer of the Day: Lord, please help me to walk in love with every person I come into contact with today. I want to be a blessing to everyone around me today, and every day, amen.