Scripture in the Morning #104
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
This particular command has associated with it some very important theology. We will start there. The first theological reality to assess is the reality that whenever we sin – be it in our thoughts, our attitudes, our words or our deeds – each time we sin, we grieve God the Holy Spirit who resides in us.
For your consideration… God the Holy Spirit resides by grace in our hearts and He is God – very literally, God resides in us. God the Holy Spirit has illumined truth about Jesus to us. The Holy Spirit guides us, protects us, and He is the fount of our knowledge of truth. The Spirit who resides in us by grace is the source of our love, our faith, and our prayers. He is the author of all our obedience. In conjunction with God the Son, He is the cause of our faith. He is the author of all that is good in us. God the Holy Spirit is a blessing in hundreds and hundreds of ways – many more than can be listed here. It would take a 1000 pages of writing to begin to address all the blessings that are ours by grace because God the Holy Spirit resides in our hearts. So…
Why would we want to respond to all that blessing and all that grace by grieving Him in our sin?
You see my friends, our sin has nothing to do with our own salvation. We are saved by grace alone. Our salvation is a done deal. Finished. We are heaven bound. So, we need not be “motivated” not to sin for self-serving purposes. No, what should really motivate us not to sin is love, respect and thanksgiving to God the Holy Spirit residing in us.
The second theological reality of this verse is that we are sealed – guaranteed to be saved because God the Holy Spirit is our guarantee onto salvation. Once again – in view of who He is and what He has done…
We should not want to sin so that we do not grieve He who is so loving and graceful onto us. Why would we want to respond to all that blessing and all that grace by grieving Him in our sin?
May we each this day seriously thank God the Holy Spirit for who He is and for what He has and continues to do for us. And may we be motivated to honor Him in thought, attitude, word and deed.