Together in Christ: 'Don't Bring Sorrow to the Holy Spirit' — Ephesians 4:30-31

Sunday, May 26, 2024

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And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

— Ephesians 4:30-31 NLT

Key Thought

How we speak to and treat others reveals something about our hearts. If we have "bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior," then we are opposing the work of the Holy Spirit to transform us and use us to bless others in Jesus' name. These types of behaviors grieve the Spirit of God. When we have these types of actions and attitudes, they bring the Spirit of the living God sorrow. This kind of rebellious life has grieved God since the earliest days of humanity:

The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently evil continuously. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. [1]

We cannot bless and praise God and curse and demean people who are created in the image of God without breaking the heart of God! [2] The Spirit is working for our total transformation to live like Jesus toward others. [3] Most of us know, however, that taming the tongue and using our speech only to bless are some of the most challenging transformations many believers in Christ must make. Unfortunately, we often give the sins of our tongue a free pass when we classify the worst of sins — probably because these sins are often our sin struggles. [4] God, however, has made the truth very clear throughout the Scriptures: He hates the malicious, capricious, and careless use of our words [5] because they can do so much damage to another person. [6] When we use the gift of our speech to inflict pain on others, it grieves the Holy Spirit because we are working directly against His transforming work in us. We must think about and speak about helpful, uplifting things. [7]

[1] Genesis 6:5-6.
[2] James 3:10-12.
[3] 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Colossians 1:28-29.
[4] Matthew 7:3-5.
[5] Proverbs 6:16-19, 8:13, Matthew 12:35-37.
[6] Galatians 5:15.
[7] Philippians 4:5, 8; Ephesians 4:29.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, the Eternal and only true and living God, may the same heart and mouth that just said these words of praise be used to bless, encourage, comfort, and heal others, especially those seeking Jesus or in need of grace. I ask this in Jesus' mighty name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 12:30-37
  • Ephesians 4:25-32

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Illustration of Ephesians 4:30-31 NLT — And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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