Week 3: Day 4
June 23, 2022, 8:00 AM

Experience, Expect and Engage the Holy Spirit
Week #3 - The SPIRIT of LIFE
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)

Don't Grieve the Spirit
Ephesians 4:25–5:12

We are to be full of the Spirit. It is a daily, ongoing,  communal,  and  receptive obedience on our part. We desire, we expect, we seek, we ask, and we receive fullness of the Spirit.

But  we  also  “lose  the  fullness.” Understand that you never lose the Spirit, but you do lose the fullness of the Spirit. You lose the Spirit’s dynamic presence  to  transform,  heal,  bless, guide, and use you. You lose the anointing power of the Spirit that empowers you to make a difference in the world God loves.

You lose the fullness of the Spirit when you grieve the Spirit. Right in the middle of a long section on sinful and harmful behaviors, Paul says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit” (vs. 30). What grieves the Spirit? Sin grieves the Spirit. Sin seriously grieves the Spirit. It hurts the Spirit. It offends the Spirit. Sin causes the Spirit to mourn and be sad about what you are doing. Skim through the passage and make a note of the sins that grieve the Spirit.

REFLECT: Which sins (these or others) are your personal struggles? When you fall into them, you grieve the Spirit and lose the fullness of the Spirit. What is the remedy? Confess. Repent. Seek forgiveness. Then ask for fullness once again. Remember, fresh starts, second chances, new beginnings. The Spirit gives them all the time.

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