Unity and Diversity in the Body of Christ, Ron Ward
DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
Passage: Ephesians 4:25~32
1. Do not give the devil a foothold (25-28)
Three things are mentioned here which give the devil a foothold in our lives: First, lying to one another. It takes courage to speak the truth in love. Second, holding anger in our hearts. We must get rid of all anger before the sun goes down. Third, depending on others for material help instead of working. We should work so that we can have something to share with those in need.
2. Speak to help others (29-31)
What we say makes a difference. Our words should be limited to words that build up others. When bitterness, anger, slander, or a grudge against someone is in my heart, the words that come from my mouth grieve the Holy Spirit and hurt others.
3. Be kind and compassionate (32)
Kindness and compassion are not just to make a good impression on strangers. They are for those closest to us. We must forgive one another, for we are all forgiven sinners.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to grieve your Spirit. Help me to build up others.
One Word: Don't grieve the Holy Spirit