I have. I’ve lost both of my parents and I’ve suffered other difficult losses. Grief is a deep kind of sorrow over something lost that cannot be restored.
Have you ever been repressed?
Perhaps you had the skills and desire to help someone who refused your help and foolishly harmed themselves.
Have you ever been insulted?
Maybe you've sacrificed for someone who ignored or maligned you.
Grief, repression, insult … These experiences help us understand how God feels when we sin (Ephesians 4:30; 1Thessalonians 5:19; Hebrews 10:29).
I want to remember this the next time I lose my temper, neglect a responsibility, or nurture an ungodly thought. We can hurt our loving Father, and that alone should motivate us to godliness.
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed.”
Read through these two longer passages for the context to the verses mentioned in this devotion and write down any insights they give you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (5:19): Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Ephesians 4:17-32 (4:30): So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Note the Amplified Bible's translation of these two key verses for a fuller meaning of the words:
1 Thessalonians 5:19: Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit
Ephesians 4:30: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).
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All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted
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