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In my humble view, today’s devotion is deep and profound. It calls God’s people not to grieve the Holy Spirit. We must honor God in all our ways, acknowledge Him and live a life that pleases Him, and live in His will as not to grieve God and the Spirit. Some of our actions and words cause grief to God. Grief does not stop God from loving us, but we should be mindful of who we are and whose we are. We are the children of God and ought to live a way that honors Him. When He looks at us, we want Him to say He is well pleased. The question we must all ask is God pleased with the way we live. All of us must ask that question. What are we doing that grieves God? This is a time to take inventory of our lives to assure that we do not grieve the Holy Spirit. The scripture lesson is Ephesians 4:30.

“And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”

Paul indicates that we ought to live a life pleasing unto God. The way we speak and act brings grief to the Spirit. Paul continues and says get rid of all bitterness, wrath, anger and malice. These are traits of the old nature. He wants fellow believers to live a life that truly pleases God. Paul is teaching about Christian ethics. We are obligated to live up to the gift we have received. We have been set free by the hand of God on the day of redemption. Love must always be at work. When love is absent, we grieve the Holy Spirit. Chapter 4 helps us in our day-to-day living. May all of us as we take the time to evaluate ourselves, ask God to redirect us so that our lives will be lived in a way that He will get the glory and honor.