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Ephesians 4:30

30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.


Thoughts of verse

In verse 30 is a brief and kind reminder that, in doing our works we must never forget that we owe everything to our indwelling Lord and Master. We must make every effort to be thankful, acknowledging Him as the Source of all gifts and strengths, enabling us to glorify Him through our works.


Paul lists those things that grieve God: lying, anger, stealing, corrupt speak and bitterness. How important to take every thought captive and abstain from twisted words - rather let us speak the truth in love. He urges us against unrighteous anger, which is kindled in an emotionally aroused, darkened heart- let us never forget that the soft answer turns away wrath and comes from a heart that is submitted to the Spirit.


In warning against stealing, Paul encourages us towards honest labor and he also reminds us to keep away from corrupt speech, for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Finally, he warns against bitterness, which is a poison that emanates from the inner man, for it not only robs us of our inner joy and peace but quenches the Spirit's word in our lives and removes us from fellowship with the Father.

Let us submit in all things to the Spirit knowing that we are sealed by Him, unto the day of redemption.


Prayer

Heavenly Father keep me I pray from all those things that grieve You Spirit and cause destruction to my soul. Rather may I live unto the Lord in humility of heart and gentility of spirit, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.


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