The Holy Spirit Is A ‘HE’ Not ‘It’
Ephesians 4:30-32 (NASB)
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
This Bible verse tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Person, not an inanimate object or an impersonal power. The Holy Spirit feels and we are instructed not to grieve the Holy Spirit – not to distress Him or not to cause Him to be sad.
Every time I read this Word from God, I am reminded that the Holy Spirit is tender. He feels and can be grieved by my words and attitudes. Otherwise, God would not have told us in His Word not to grieve the Holy Spirit.
This time when I read and mediate on this verse once again, God leads me to understand the Holy Spirit in a different and deeper light.
The Holy Spirit feels. He is tender. So when I am led by the Holy Spirit and follow the Holy Spirit, I will continually develop a tender heart and spirit. For we often become like who we follow. A tender heart and spirit – that is becoming more Christ-like, a call for all of us who are believers of Christ. When we follow the Holy Spirit, we grow to become more Christ-like.
In the past months, I had many opportunities to interact with people of a myriad of backgrounds and personalities. There were many whom I did not find easy to build a rapport with. I was tempted many times to not engage further with many of them. It was easier and more convenient that I simply drew back and not seek to develop a friendship with these people. Each time, I would feel a wrenching in my spirit that asked, “But what would Jesus do?” There were times when I heeded this admonition of the Holy Spirit and continued to communicate with the people in patience and love. I believed every person I met with was one God had placed in my path to share His love and Gospel with.
I am not proud to be saying this, but there too have been occasions when my emotions overwhelmed the leading of the Holy Spirit. I simply worked out a way to end the conversations in the quickest manner. It was easier and less draining like that. Looking back, I know that I have grieved the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit feels as Jesus feels. The Holy Spirit does as Jesus would do. My attitudes and words that oppose these grieve the Holy Spirit. But the Word of God tells us “not to grieve the Holy Spirit”. Instead, we are to “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”, as Ephesians 4:32 teaches us.
This has been a learning and growing journey for me. I am committed to cooperate with the Holy Spirit Whom God has placed within me to guide and empower me. As I do so, I know I am growing to become more and more like Jesus, bearing fruits like Jesus does for the glory of our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom.
On this day, there are words that the Holy Spirit is tenderly telling me, which I believe are also for all of you. Let us be still, listen to and receive these words that the Holy Spirit is saying –
“My son and my daughter
I love you
When you wake in the morning
When you go through your day
Every moment everywhere
From the beginning to the end
I love you so much my child
I am here with you
Living in you and speaking to you
I will never leave you
For I love you so much my child”
What simple yet endearing and tender words the Holy Spirit is saying to you and me today. Let us go through each day with a conscious awareness of the Holy Spirit Who dwells inside of us. Let us do every task and treat every person every day with a total surrender to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in us. Let us dwell in Him too. The Holy Spirit speaks to us. Let us listen to Him. The Holy Spirit leads us. Let us follow Him.
Join me now to respond in prayer to all that the Holy Spirit is saying to us.
“Thank You, Holy Spirit. Thank You for loving me and teaching me to love. Thank You for speaking to me so that I can speak to others as my Lord Jesus would. Thank You for living in me so that I can live out Your power and love for all to see and know our Heavenly Father’s goodness. I avail myself each day to Your leading, O Holy Spirit, so that I may be more and more like the person God has called me to be, and to fulfill the purposes God has called me into. I surrender my life to Your leading, Holy Spirit, so that rivers of living water may flow out from within me, bringing life to all around me, as the Bible in John 7:38 says. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”