Have you had your Joy Juice today? Drink it faithfully so that you won’t grieve the Holy Spirit.
If you’ve been able to read or listen to our Joy Juice devotionals this week, it’s obvious that we’ve been talking about a difficult subject…GRIEF! We don’t like to have to deal with it…personally or through a friend….because it’s hard! It’s difficult to deal with our emotions; it’s hard to know what to say; it’s hard to know the right things to do. That’s another reason we need to stay saturated in God’s Word. He will give us the wisdom to know what to say, when to say it and when to quietly share His love. When we are allowing God to be in control, we bring Him joy.
There is a verse in Ephesians 4:30 that speaks of grief….but in a little different way. It says: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Does that mean that you and I can cause the Holy Spirit to grieve? Yes…sadly!
The fourth chapter of Ephesians tells us that we grieve the Spirit by living like the pagans (4:17-19), by lying (4:25), by being angry (4:26-27), by stealing (4:28), by cursing (4:29), by being bitter (4:31), by being unforgiving (4:32). To grieve the Spirit is to act out in a sinful manner, whether it is in thought only or in both thought and deed.
Refrain from doing anything that would grieve our Heavenly Father. Instead, let’s always aim toward bringing Him JOY!