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Ephesians 4:30 warns us not grieve the Spirit. Through the presence of the Holy Spirit within us, Christ is a witness to our every word and deed, and some of our behaviour causes Him grief.
Although God is omnipotent He reveals Himself to us as an emotional God, reacting to what we do, and what is taking place here on earth. As our Father He responds to behaviour that could damage us in a similar way to a parent’s reaction if their child begins to lapse into behaviour that would harm or disadvantage them. He grieves for us and wants us to change.
Because God knows what goes on in our heart and mind and is aware of our every thought, through the Holy Spirit within us, He is also grieved by how we might be contemplating reacting to a particular circumstance. God is saddened and concerned by our wrong thoughts and ungodly intentions even before we carry them out.
The rest of the fourth chapter of the book of Ephesians warns us about behaviours, thoughts and attitudes that can grieve God’s Spirit within us.
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