The Holy Spirit can be grieved according to Ephesians 4:30. I have often thought about this. Do I ever grieve the Spirit? Is He so sensitive that I can hurt his feelings? Do I have that kind of control over Him? All these are questions that I consider some times.
The Greek work used here for “grieve” is lupeo. It can mean to be in distress. And also to be sad or heavy.
So we are not to distress the Spirit nor make him heavy with our broken ways.
The real problem being addressed here is our need for a clear connection with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us. We have a numerous ties to the Spirit like:
- Spirit led
- Spirit freed
- Spirit sealed
- Spirit inspired
- Spirit guided
- Spirit formed
- Spirit empowered
- Spirit fed
- Spirit filled.
- Spirit baptized
- Spirit gifted
…just to name a few.
Jesus also said all sins would be forgiven but blasphemy of the Spirit.
Our relationship with the Spirit of all there are is the one we can not do without. It is the Spirit that brings us to God. It is the Spirit who convinces us of sin. It is the Spirit that guides us in God’s way.
The most serious discipline and pursuit of the serious Christian is to maintain an open and vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit.