7 Things The Holy Spirit Doesn't Do

7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do

This is a guest post by Bas Rijksen
Bas is a husband to Michelle and dad to Anouk. As a missionary, speaker and writer, based in Amsterdam, he uses his website as a platform to share God’s grace to help people walk in fullness of identity and power. In his free time he enjoys reading, running, family and drinking black coffee with friends.

What do you think is the most important thing about you?

What you think about God is the foundation of your beliefs about life, family, identity, purpose, etc. Then your beliefs, in turn, set the course for how you live your life. In other words, your view of God affects every decision you make and every action you take.

In this post we’ll take a look at our view of the Holy Spirit. You’ll find it is often shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths.

Seeing the Holy Spirit through the lens of grace without a mixture of law allows revelation of the Holy Spirit and His work to become clear.

Here is a list of 7 things the Holy Spirit most definitely does not do.

He does not:

1. Convict you of your sin

Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?

John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!

He shows you that you are acting like someone else when you sin by convicting you of who you really are. There is a reason you sense an internal conflict when you sin. It is the Holy Spirit reminding you of who you are. Making you aware of the fact that you are not acting according to your righteous nature.

He isn’t a Fault finder who is pointing out your faults. He’s called the Comforter for a reason.

2. Empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness)

“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him“ (Col. 2:6).

Did you fast, pray or act holy to receive Jesus?

I don’t think so.

You received His Spirit by faith, not by works (Gal. 3:14).

Just as you’ve done nothing for your justification, so you need to do nothing for your sanctification. You can’t work at your sanctification because there’s nothing you can do that can make you more sanctified.

The Holy Spirit doesn’t empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness) through fasting, praying, acting holy etc. Rather He empowers you to rest in the fact you are already sanctified.

Trust in the fact you have been sanctified and allow Christ to live His holy life through you (Heb. 10:14).

3. Waits to see if you’ll drop the ball enough times to waste your eternal position

When you were saved you were sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30). The Holy Spirit personally guarantees your salvation and inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14, 2 Cor. 1:22).

It’s not about your faithfulness but His.

1 Cor. 1:8 says, “He will keep you strong to the end…” Jesus did the job that you couldn’t do, and He is faithful to keep you safe.

You didn’t save yourself, and you can’t keep yourself saved (Eph. 2:8). Your Christian walk is not about trying to maintain salvation but being maintained by Salvation.

Yes, we have the need to abide, overcome, obey, endure and persevere, but who will meet these needs? “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

How many of your needs must you supply to stay qualified for the Kingdom? None of them!

What’s your part in this? Just receive what God has already provided in Christ from a place of restful trust.

4. Teach you to keep the Law

You need to realize that you can’t keep the law (Rom. 8:3-4). Only Jesus Christ can successfully keep the law and live the perfect life. He lives in you and wants to reveal His love – which is the fulfillment of the law – and perfect life through you.

Watchman Nee said it like this, “God’s requirements have not altered, but we are not the ones to meet them. Praise God, He is the Lawgiver on the Throne, and He is the Lawkeeper in my heart. He who gave the Law, Himself keeps it.”

In other words, as you allow the Spirit of Christ to live His life through us, you’ll find yourself keeping the law effortlessly.

For more on this check out this article – “What’s The Role Of The Law In The New Covenant?

5. Give you pain, hardships and sickness to teach you a lesson

Some things are of God, and some things of the devil. If it’s good, it’s God. If it’s bad it’s the devil (John 10:10). We embrace the good and resist the bad (James 4:7).

God never uses or allows pain and sickness to teach and train (discipline) us. He has the Word (2 Tim. 3:16) and the Holy Spirit (John 16:13, 1 John 2:17) to do that.

The Holy Spirit didn’t come to teach you with hardships. Yes, we suffer hardships for the Gospel’s sake, meaning persecution, but God is not the author of hardship and suffering. He does not teach with sickness.

If God were to use sickness as a lesson, then you should pray for the symptoms to worsen so you can really learn your lesson.

If you believe God teaches through sickness, then you are in conscious rebellion against His will if you go to the doctor to seek help.

If pain and sickness were from God to draw you to Him, pray that every family member becomes sick with cancer so they can all draw near to God. You wouldn’t wish that on them, why do you think God would?

6. Make you hungry, thirsty or desperate

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and never thirst” (John 6:35). Unbelievers are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and they shall be filled.

Once Holy Spirit-filled, it’s said you will never hunger, thirst or be desperate for more, since you are filled with His fullness (Col. 2:8).

“Any message or song that leaves you with a sense of lack and emptiness rather than completeness is a distraction from the truth” – Francois du Toit

Desperation is the language of an orphan.

You are a favored child whose needs, desires, and longings are provided for through the perfect work of Christ.

Extreme satisfaction is the earmark of Kingdom living as the Holy Spirit leads us to feast upon Christ’s finished work.

Eat, drink from the table of our Father and be merry.

7. Persuade God about us

The Holy Spirit is not trying to persuade God to enjoy us. Rather, He persuades us about the Father enjoyment of us.

The truth is He’s always been for you, never against you and has never changed His opinion about you (Rom. 8:31).

Your heavenly Father has never said anything negative about you. In fact, He thinks you’re awesome! He says, “You are perfect” thanks to Christ’s work on the cross (Heb. 10:14).

You can’t impress God with anything that you’re able to drum up by sweating and striving. He’s already impressed with you since you are His very own image.

Even if you would do nothing the rest of your life, God would be as impressed with you as He is right now. He loves you as you are, not as you think you ought to be. Whether you mess up or achieve great things, God will be equally impressed with you.

The Holy Spirit brings our conversation back to this point; the success of the cross. He didn’t come to persuade God’s mind about us, but to persuade our minds about God and what He believes about us.

Questions:

Well, that were 7 things the Holy Spirit does not do.

Is there an area you need to rethink concerning the Person and work of the Holy Spirit?

What is something you were taught the Holy Spirit does that you’ve then found to be untrue?

Share your thoughts in the comment section

This was a guest post by Bas Rijksen
Bas is a husband to Michelle and dad to Anouk. As a missionary, speaker and writer, based in Amsterdam, he uses his website as a platform to share God’s grace to help people walk in fullness of identity and power. In his free time he enjoys reading, running, family and drinking black coffee with friends.

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  1. Excellent,, I sense many people are not walking in clarity re holy spirit. This is very good clear simple ” get you back on right path” msg and help people move and grow with holy spirit
    for who holy spirit is,, and what holy spirit brings in trinity amen
    tnkyou
    Judy
    Boston ma

    • Thanks for sharing Judy – I too fear that many of us are losing out massively on what the Holy Spirit can bring to our lives because we assume so many incorrect things of Him.

      • Competely wrong teaching here!! Especially on the first 2 points. So is the Bible lying? Or is Jesus not “exact” when he says in John 16:8 that when the Holy Spirit comes He will CONVICT people about their sin? The Holy Spirit’s work in us, is exactly to convict us of any sin in our life and empower us to turn away from it. These teachings you’re posting here are a mere encouragement for everyone to continue in their sin and never seek the power of the Holy Spirit that will only help them to break free from their bondage. Also read Galatians 5:16 “Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfil (or obey) the will of the flesh”. And it goes on to analyse the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. Completely opposite terms as you will see. I’m at your service for any more clarification, interpretation, discussion on this, as my comment is not intended to debate but to clarify the Scripture. Blessings!

        • Hi Kikkos – I strongly recommend you read the article referenced below that point on conviction. http://phildrysdale.com/2012/08/conviction/

          It goes into John 16:8 in context (specifically the following verses)

          Nobody here is saying that the Holy Spirit does not convict but to say that He convicts of sin requires quite a bit of twisting of the scripture. John 16:8 might suggest that He convicts of sin but the very next verse (verse 9) clarifies that it is only unbelievers who He convicts of sin… verse 10 then states very clearly that the only thing the Holy Spirit is convicting believers of is righteousness.

          Here is the verse for your reference emphasis added to clarify the context

          8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

          9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;

          10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;

          11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

        • Yes! Kikkos, I completely agree. so many false teachings out there. Just because something sounds ‘nice’ doesn’t mean it’s biblical at all. I was very disturbed by this article.

        • Phil,your teaching is sound.I was like this guys who are castigating u on John 16.People take a verse out of context most times.Now u have told them to read the whole chapter but they will not.A lot don’t know and prove to know.Religion have kept many in bondage.You are not giving anyone license to sin.They don’t need license to sin .People sin without a licence.Good of you.God bless u.

  2. Number six troubles me a little. If I someone says to me “I am hungry for more of God” should I tell them “No, you are wrong, you must not say that, you already have everything there is”?

    • Hi Jay – I’ve written about this quite a bit on this website.

      I think the key is that hunger isn’t a bad thing because it leads us to eat and be satisfied.

      But hunger itself isn’t good. If you live perpetually hungry – or believing the lie that only hungry Christians are mature (which many teach) you are not living the full life that Christ has for you.

      It’s good to hunger as it shows us an area we aren’t aware of our fullness in Christ and we can renew our minds to the truth. We can be satisfied.

      But it’s a terrible place to be to hunger without satisfaction as so many Christians seem to think the Christian walk is.

  3. Thanks for posting this – its a helpful reminder to us as its easy to have wrong beliefs!

    Phil can you clarify some questions I have about point 5? How does the father discipline us? I am very grateful to Pappa God that I have experienced times of pressure and pain that have revealed wrong things in my life and that he has used these pressures to show me where I have listened and based my life on lies. Without being ‘led by the Spirit in to the desert’, I would not have had my sin/wrong behaviour/false beliefs uncovered and brought them to him to heal/change. It may be the wrong beliefs that lead to the wrong behaviour, that even lead to sickness etc, but it is certainly a work of the Spirit to lead me to a place where I see this and it seems that he allows me/leads me often to see these things by times of pressure. Is it not true to say that the Spirit allowed the hardship to produce the fruit?

    • Hey Ben, great question – I too have seen a lot of amazing growth through terrible situations and I’m thankful for God’s hand in helping me mature through those situations.

      While God is always turning things to good for those who love Him we must be careful. He is so good at turning things around that at times we attribute the bad thing that needed to be turned around to God as well as the process.

      He is in the process of helping us grow from terrible situations etc but He is not the author of terrible situations.

      Would we have grown in that way if it wasn’t for the terrible situation? I would like to think that God is able to mature us outside of calamity. But if we are in the midst of it anyway – why not allow us to mature.

      As far as why would He allow it to happen? I think we probably have no idea the amount of things He doesn’t allow to happen… but He’s not going to violate our free-will and our choices, as well as the choices of others… this will frequently lead to pain and suffering as we as a race continue to do things contrary to His will.

      That’s how I see it at least. I’m sure Bas would have some thoughts on this too.

      I have some deeper thoughts on this topic on an article I did a while back on suffering here – http://phildrysdale.com/suff

    • Hey Ben,

      I think Phil is spot on in answering by saying that God definitely helps us in our difficult situations – after all He can be experienced strong when we’re weak – but He is not the one who gives you hardships or suffering for some mysterious reason.

      Why? Any problem in our life can be either our own fault, from the devil or just the result of life on a fallen planet.

      God has only good thoughts towards you and has only good things in store for you (Jer. 29:11).

      Our heavenly Father has never done you or me any harm and never will. This leads us to never blame God for causing problems.

      Even though bad situation etc are not from God if we choose to place our trust in Him, He is able to turn the bad around into good, whether it be a lesson we learn, a lie that’s replaced with truth or we don’t make the same mistake again.

      The key for the latter things is us choosing to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and we’ll see amazing results – even if it all started from bad stuff that might have happened to us.

      • Who was responsible for Job’s loss and problems? Who gave the devil permission to take away all that Job had and then to afflict his body? If I read the scripture correctly it was God.
        Just a thought!
        Don

        • Don great question. I would recommend not looking at somebody’s shadow to get to know them. I would recommend getting to know the real person. The bible says the Old Testament is a shadow of what was to be revealed in Christ. So now we have the full image of the Father revealed in Jesus. The bible says Jesus is the exact representation of the father. Jesus himself said if you have seen me you have seen the father. Jesus reveals the exact Character of the father. Did Jesus ever hurt anyone? Did he ever give permission to satan to hurt anyone? Did he not heal? Did he not love everyone? Did he not touch the untouchable? Was he not a friend of sinners? Now that you have the fathers character. Go back and study the OT and if God doesn’t look like Jesus, ask why? And the HS will show things you never seen before:) start at Gen. You will start to notice all kinds of fun things like Hell is never mentioned anywhere in the Creation story of and eve. They were removed from the garden for protection not punishment, etc, etc…keep reading all the way through the New Testament . You’ll notice the verses that talk about us being enemies in context. You’ll see we were never God’s enemies. It was in our own minds (Col. 1:21). Anyway, I don’t want to spoon feed you. Enjoy!

  4. Hi phil, in regards to point one, I have believed this for myself for some time but then I see scripts such as 2 tim 4:2′, Titus 1:13 and Titus 2:15…these script have the use of the word rebuke which as I understand it has its root in convict…

    Your thoughts….?

    • Hi Tim,

      Yup – I definitely wouldn’t want people to think that God does not convict them. This is said throughout the scriptures but is always a positive thing. Not always easy. But always positive.

      The number one example I can think of that people struggle with is in Hebrews where it talks about how God “rebukes” (convict/brings the truth to light) in order to discipline them…

      But again the context and the Greek points something out.

      The word “discipline” means to “child-walk” or “child-training” it gives us a picture of a father continually helping a toddler back on their feet and helping them learn to walk. We might fall down, we might get frustrated, we might not even see the point. But it’s worth it – there is no malice in it. It’s not done to hurt – it’s done to move us forward. Never does a Father hurt the child to train them to walk, but rather encourages and inspires.

      When we look at this word – “rebuke”/”convict” – elencho as it’s spelt in the Greek – we find it is always used in a positive light for the believer and we must read it as such rather than look for our negative connotation.

      Hope that helps.

      • Thanks phil, so in these scripts I have referenced, what do you think the conviction or rebuke is for if not for sin? The titus 1:13, it seems to be that Paul is encouraging titus to convict/rebuke the Cretans for their sin and this would be through the spirit I would think…

        Appreciating your thoughts.

        • Sorry Tim – this message disappeared in my list of comments to reply to… just found it!

          I think Titus 1:13 needs to be read in context… as you’ve highlighted here the prior verse is key… but the verse after even more so!

          What is Paul telling them to convict these Cretans of? Their unbelief and their putting their faith in Jewish beliefs and fables.

          He’s saying the reason these people are running rampant in sin is their not trusting God’s grace.

          They are not being rebuked because of their sinful actions that I can see… it seems to me they are being rebuked towards right believing.

          Just a thought anyway :)

  5. Agree with allot of what you wrote here – great stuff ! –
    Just wondering about Acts 14:22 – and # 5 ? thanks :o)

    • Hey James,

      Good question bro.

      We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of
      God. (Acts 14:22b)

      Here’s my take on this verse. Paul is not saying we have to go through hardships in order to qualify qualify for the kingdom. That would be the pagan doctrine of asceticism that Paul expressly rejected (Col. 2:20–23).

      Rather, he is paraphrasing what Jesus said about having troubles in this world (in John 16:33). Paul is saying, We Christians go through trials and tribulations from time to time. It’s actually a promise that when we take a stand for the Gospel that persecution is part of the package. Paul knows what he talks about, since a few verses earlier he had been stoned and left for dead for preaching the gospel.

      The point at # 5 is that God is a good God, who only gives good gifts to His children and that there is no darkness in Him at all thus never is to blame for any sickness, suffering or hardship. But that in the midst of trials we can choose to totally rely on Him, on His grace, on His overcoming faith to see every situation turn around for the good. Knowing that God is good is foundational in our Christian walk. From this understanding we can properly walk the walk of faith.

  6. God has no wants. God is infinity, the love that is eternal through all existence no matter how perceived, good or bad. Time to go past the book and start paying attention to your body. Your body is the temple of god, the way you treat your body is a direct expression of your understanding of god. All separation is an illusion, there is no separation in god. If you don’t see god in all, you don’t see god at all.

  7. I’m not entirely sure on how biblical this is…especially number 1.
    Before Jesus ascended into Heaven he told his disciples he would be sending the Holy spirit and this is what he said regarding The Holy Spirit in John 16:8 says, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
    One of the ways we know God is working in our life is through conviction (not to be confused with condemnation. That our Lord does not do.)
    Without Godly conviction in our lives how are we supposed to repent and be sanctified to His image and likeness.
    Be discerning on what you read these days…

    • Hi Shyanne – I would reference my answer to Kikkos where I walk through that scripture you are quoting out of context.

      I’m pro conviction but reading the scripture in context is key if we are going to understand what conviction is and what type of conviction we undergo.

  8. Hi Phil,
    I would like to commend you on the gracious way that you always respond to people who aggressively disagree with you on various topics of doctrine that you post on your website. It speaks volumes for your heart of love and acceptance of those who frankly are unnecessarily rude, insulting and arrogant.
    Personally I find your articles extremely uplifting, encouraging and empowering. Please keep blogging you are a great blessing to the body of Christ.

    • Plain & Simple:
      I totally agree with Trevor on how you “handle” people… such Grace comes from you.
      You Phil, are such an example to follow :-)

    • Trevor, because people may disagree does not mean that they are arrogant, insulting or rude! If Phil or for that matter anyone wants to state his beliefs he needs to be willing to allow others to comment on them. To not do so would be a sign of arrogance! If I am to challenge people with thinking that is not traditional, that is new to them I need to be willing to let them speak their objections to me. We all are to submit ourselves to each other, at least that is what scripture says. If teaching cannot be objected to by others then we present ourselves as prideful people. You must admit a lot of what Phil presents is “way out of the box” of traditional thinking, so for that matter he needs to be willing to give an account through scripture of what he is trying to teach to people.
      There are many “new thinkers” today who are trying to present truth that is contrary to decades of teaching and if they are going to do that then they should be more than willing to explain fully what they are saying! Arrogant people are people who try to make others think they have some inside track to the “truth” and will not allow disagreements!
      Just a thought!
      Blessings

  9. There is so much questionable teaching in this article that I don’t know where to begin so might as well start with the opening statement: “Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself.” While it is true that Jesus’ blood atones for our sins, no where in all of Scripture does it say that our future sins are [automatically] forgiven. 1 Jn 1:9 does say that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This verse shows that God’s forgiveness is conditioned by the word “if” and upon our confession of our sin. Since we cannot possibly know what future sins we will commit, we can’t confess them in advance and therefore our sins are not forgiven in advance.

    Only sins that we have previously committed and confessed/repented of are forgiven – as evidenced by Rom 3:25:
    Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the REMISSION OF SINS THAT ARE PAST, through the forbearance of God;
    Similarly we find in 2 Pet 1:9:
    But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been CLEANSED FROM THEIR PAST SINS.

    • I can’t speak for Bas or Phil, but here are my thoughts…

      There are some flaws in your logic. I cannot think of any scripture that explicitly says all sins, past, present, and future, are forgiven. On this, I would agree with you. However, I cannot think of any scripture that explicitly says sins, un-confessed, present, and future, are not forgiven. When Jesus was on the cross, he forgave unrepentant murderers while their crime was in progress. In Psalm 103, we read the axiomic statement that God forgives our iniquity. That’s what he does. There is no pre-condition. Now there is a post-condition according to Jesus, we have to forgive as well.

      The passages you quote say that confession will always be proceeded by forgiveness. The passages do not say that forgiveness is necessarily preceded by confession. The converse of a true statement is not automatically false. “If you confess, you will be forgiven” is not the same as “if you don’t confess, you won’t be forgiven.” Again, when Jesus forgave, his murderers, they had not confessed.

      Logically and in the context of time, one could not forgive a sin that has not yet occurred, but Jesus showed Abba clearly and fully on the cross. The instant you sin, you are forgiven. That doesn’t mean you don’t suffer loss, damage, or death from sin. I can’t forgive my children for an uncommitted sin, but I am committed to forgiving them the instant they sin. Jesus’ Abba is no less loving, just, and forgiving than me. I’m sorry if it sounds like I minimize confession, but we must maximize forgiveness to match the nature of Jesus’ Abba as he revealed it on the cross.

      I haven’t given much thought to open theism, but your comment actually has me thinking there’s something to it.

      • Thanks for your thoughtful reply Jordan. While it is true that Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who put him to death, it is another thing altogether and questionable to assume that they were indeed forgiven from a soterial standpoint. Similarly, in Psalm103 although you say that there are no preconditions I believe that there are indeed preconditions shown in caps. Notice vss 10-12: “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward THOSE WHO FEAR HIM; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” And in vss 17-18: “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, and his righteousness to children’s children, to THOSE WHO KEEP HIS COVENANT and remember to DO HIS COMMANDMENTS.” Though this is an OT passage, it mirrors Phil 2:12:
        “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to WORK OUT your salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING.”

        Your point that forgiveness is not necessarily preceded by confession is well-taken. I was trying to emphasize that future sins are not forgiven. I don’t find any biblical warrant though for your claim that the instant you sin, you are forgiven. The idea that Jesus has done it all for us and his transaction on the cross nullifies any obligation on our part I think is contrary to the plain reading of Scripture. Throughout scripture we find imperative statements that command us to forgive, to obey, to love. to persevere. die to ourselves, take up our cross, etc. The million dollar question is do these commands have any bearing on our salvific state? Gal 5:24 defines those who belong to Christ as those who have crucified the flesh. Conversely, those who live according to the desires or acts of the flesh are warned that they will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21).

        Rom 8:12-13 says the same thing:
        “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation-but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For IF you live according to the flesh, YOU WILL DIE; but IF by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, YOU WILL LIVE.”

        These verses describes the potential death of born-again believers, referred to as the brethren in v. 12. If this death were not a real possibility, the warning would be nonsensical. We also know that this warning pertains to spiritual death – not physical death – because everyone dies physically irrespective of how we live our lives. Moreover, one must have spiritual life in order to be in danger of spiritual death. You cannot threaten a spiritually dead person with spiritual death. Such a person is already dead. Therefore, it must be concluded that these are regenerate brethren who are being warned of dying. Also note that these verses are conditional – not unconditional – as indicated by the word “if.” IF those believers walk according to the flesh, they will die. IF those believers who walk according to the Spirit, they will live. I don’t see how Paul could have been plainer in his warning to the brethren on how they are to conduct their lives and the consequences of their choices.
        It seems to me that we have become so wedded to our theological doctrine that we have erred greatly and unnecessarily complicate what is supposed to be a simple gospel message.

    • Weren’t all of our sins “future” sins from Christ’s perspective? The only ones who weren’t were those living 2000 years ago while he was being crucified.

  10. Can/Does the Holy Spirit ever become grieved by things we do?

    Eph. 4:30 was a verse you brought up in the article, but the first part of the verse was not addressed: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the Day of redemption.”

    Paul foresaw that the Holy Spirit can become grieved (put to grief) by us, perhaps by our unwholesome words (Eph. 4:29). Is this something you teach concerning the Holy Spirit?

    • Absolutely Truman – I haven’t really written much on this topic myself but the Bible is extremely clear that God’s loving heart is always grieved when we consistently hurt ourselves. His issue with sin is primarily that it hurts those whom He loves and causes us to feel distant from Him. The question of holiness etc is a secondary issue in that light from my understanding.

      Hope that helps! I will have to write more fully on this in the coming months as it is definitely something I would love to unpack more.

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