August 4, 2008

Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit..Be Kind

Ephesians 4 ends with some powerful and applicable verses. Verses 30-32 really bring me back to looking at myself and seeing areas of struggle in my life as a Christian. I fear I do grieve the Holy Spirit, as verse 30 tells me not to do. I am a bitter and angry person. I am not kind to others, and it can be hard for me to forgive.

But the power of God's Word and the Holy Spirit are the only chance for change. It interesting for me to think about the phrase "do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God" because I am truly affected by that. I genuinely do not want to grieve God or the Spirit. This reminder that my sins do grieve the Holy Spirit help me realize my lack of comprehension of God's love for me.

Today, a Monday, my goal is to start this week with the goal of being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving. I will work on not being bitter or angry. Only by the grace of God am I saved from these sins, not because I've earned it. I obviously have not. The grace of God is so amazing and should not be taken for granted. I must work hard to live a life that pleases God and brings glory to His name. Only a better understanding of this grace can do that.

Praise God for His Grace.
Praise God for His Power Over Sin.