God's Holy Fire: 'Don't Break His Heart'

Friday, September 16, 2022

ToGather: Jesus Is at Our Door

Our Savior doesn't want just to be worshiped; he also wants us to draw close and find fullness of life in him.

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Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted.
— Ephesians 4:30 MESSAGE

Key Thought

"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God"! That's the way some translations read. The wording above, from The Message, stopped me dead in my tracks. The more I thought about this paraphrase of the passage, however, the more I was convicted. The wording of this paraphrase captures the emotion, passion, and straightforward sentiment of Paul's original words. "Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit ... is the most intimate part of your life ... Don't take such a gift for granted." Wow! The way that I think, act, and speak directly impacts the heart of God and reveals my feelings for God. The Spirit is God and is God's personal presence within me. The Spirit is working to transform me to be more and more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). So dabbling in sin, saying hurtful things to others, and distorting the truth do more than just hurt others as I degrade myself; these actions break the heart of God!

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me. Forgive me for grieving you and the Holy Spirit, your presence within me. Forgive me for not displaying you, Jesus, the goal of life. Forgive me for not honoring you with my words and my actions, Most High God. I do not want to wound your heart, O God, or take your presence within me for granted. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Ephesians 4:30 MESSAGE — Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted.

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked MESSAGE are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.