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Bringing Sorrow to the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:29-32

Verse 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Yesterday we were talking about 3 things that mar our image as a Church. As we finish this portion about living and loving our Church we look at ways that our words hurt the Church and hurt the Holy Spirit.

When was the last time you heard unwholesome talk come out of a church member’s mouth? This may have been in the way of gossip or maybe it was simply an unkind remark, either way it was a word that was spoken and at least one other person heard and had it planted into their thoughts. Thoughts that will start questioning the person being talked about. And just like that an image is tarnished whether or not it was warranted.

Next question. When was the last time you said something you shouldn’t have about someone else? Was it to benefit them? Was it to the benefit of those that heard it? Too often we don’t think before we speak. Maybe we have come to a point where we aren’t even sure we care what comes out of our mouths. But Jesus said out of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45) and so we know that if poisonous speech is coming from our lips then there is poison in our hearts.

Our passage today gives us two lists, one of things to get rid of from our lives and in turn from the Church and the other of things to replace them with. This first list is one we don’t like to think about as it has things that make us uncomfortable. We don’t like to admit that we do these things without giving them a simple thought. We don’t like to think that we have bitterness but what about that person that we find ourselves getting mad about just because we have heard their name? And that brings on the rage, anger, and possibly slander and brawling. Remember we said yesterday that anger is the foothold that the enemy uses the get a bigger place in our lives? The snowball effect we see in this list is the one we mentioned yesterday. It is living out this list that causes the Spirit such sorrow.

The second list is there to help us remember how the Spirit wants us to live. We need to be kind in thought and deed. We need to be compassionate, not just to those we love but even more so to those we struggle to love. We are to forgive each other just as He forgave us. The Spirit is grieved when we don’t remember to live as someone who remembers that we have been forgiven much and called to live a life of gratitude and obedience.

Making It Personal

Do you have trouble with things coming out of your mouth that shouldn’t? Do you listen to others when they say things about someone else? What choices do you need to make?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to say something mean about someone else? Have you ever done that? Do you like it if someone does it about you? Does Jesus like people to do it or does it make Him sad?

Closing Prayer

Father, we confess the times we have said something we shouldn’t have about someone else. Please help us learn to think about what we say before we say it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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