A TENDER COMPANION
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. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:29-30).
God has given every believer a special and very precious gift – the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Jesus. He represents the Father and the Son on earth and takes up residence in the believer as a permanent companion. He is to us everything we need of the presence and power of God to overcome the remnants of sin in our lives and to live in the world as God’s beloved sons and daughters.
It is the dearest desire of the Holy Spirit that we get to know Him as intimately as He knows us. He is not in us to be our servant but to be to us everything that Jesus is and requires of us as His followers. He has many functions in our lives – He is our ‘parakletos’ – meaning ‘one who is called alongside’ to support and assist us in our efforts to live godly lives; He is the Spirit of truth – He reveals Jesus to us and leads us to walk in the truth; He is the author and interpreter of God’s Word – He gives is understanding of the Word as we seek Him. He is our sanctifier – He works the transformation in us to become like Jesus as we submit to Him and obey His promptings.
“To have the Holy Spirit as our Paraclete is to have God Himself indwelling us as believers. The Spirit teaches us the Word and guides us into truth. He reminds us of what Jesus has taught so that we can depend on His Word in the difficult times of life. The Spirit works in us to give us His peace (John 14:27), His love (John 15:9–10), and His joy (John 15:11). He comforts our hearts and minds in a troubled world. The power of the indwelling Paraclete gives us the ability to live by the Spirit and “not gratify the desires of the sinful flesh” (Galatians 5:16). The Spirit can then produce His fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:22–23) to the glory of God the Father. What a blessing to have the Holy Spirit in our lives as our Paraclete—our Comforter, our Encourager, our Counsellor, and our Advocate!”
Paul said that there are two things we should never do to the Holy Spirit. We should never quench or grieve Him.
Do not quench the Spirit (1 Thess. 5:19).
The word ‘quench’ in Scripture speaks of suppressing or putting out fire. Just as the devil throws ‘fiery darts’ at the believer to assault our faith, so the Holy Spirit is God’s ‘fire’ within us, keeping our hearts aglow with a passion for God. When believers do not allow the Spirit to be seen in our actions, when we do what we know is wrong, we suppress or quench the Spirit
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30).
The Holy Spirit is our gentle and tender companion. He cannot be comfortable in the atmosphere of sin. We can quench Him by ignoring His voice and His ministry in our hearts to keep us strong and true in our walk with Jesus and by losing our zeal for the Lord when we become involved in worldly pursuits. We grieve Him when we become embroiled in sinful ways and ignore His promptings to return to the way of the Lord.
“We grieve the Spirit by living like the pagans (4:17-19), by lying (4:25), by being angry (4:26-27), by stealing (4:28), by cursing (4:29), by being bitter (4:31), by being unforgiving (4:32), and by being sexually immoral (5:3-5). To grieve the Spirit is to act out in a sinful manner, whether it is in thought only or in both thought and deed.”
http://www.gotquestions.org/grieve-quench-Holy-Spirit.html – retrieved January 2016.
Our hearts should be sensitive enough to the Holy Spirit that we become aware of His silence when we no longer feel His promptings in our hearts. He desires to have fellowship with us. He is passionate about the Son. He uses every opportunity to make us aware of His presence in us as His representative. He lives in intimate union with the Father and the Son and He desires to nurture our union with Him so that we can also have fellowship with the Father and with the Son.
When the Holy Spirit goes quiet and inactive in us, we should be alerted to something we have said or done or some wrong attitude that has invaded our hearts to grieve Him. He will be quick to reveal what has silenced His voice when we seek Him in repentance and humility. The Holy Spirit does not sulk. He cannot have fellowship with us when our hearts have become indifferent to Him or hardened by sin.
We need to keep our hearts tender towards Him just as His heart is tender towards us and towards the one He represents.
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