Grieve Not the Holy Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (ESV)
What does it mean to “grieve the Holy Spirit?” In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues his series with Ephesians 4:30. Paul’s statement above encompasses all the particulars that he had been talking about in the preceding verses. Importantly, it also serves to differentiate Christian ethics from any other ethical tradition. If a Christian’s morality is not rooted in this purpose and understanding of sinning against God, then it is not Christian at all! Paul’s point is this: any wrong living grieves the Holy Spirit. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is the seal of our inheritance and indwells those who are saved. Any sin runs counter to the character of God, and thus, grieves him greatly. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that when we become Christians, our relationship to God becomes one of love instead of being a lawbreaker. Thus, when we sin, we must not be grieved because we have broken his Law, but rather because we have sinned against his great love for us. Understanding this, it is easy to see why it is such a serious thing to sin and grieve the Holy Spirit. How can we counter this? Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that we must constantly be aware of the Lord’s presence. As people are reverent around royalty, we must remember that God is constantly with us and act accordingly. This will drive us to a desire to honor and please Him with our lives.