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The Holy Spirit and our Words

March 19, 2010

This will be  a short post, but it should cause us to think very seriously about what we say.  The realization that we are going to one day give an account to God for every idle word we speak is terrifying.  However, it is also a delayed sentence.  We don’t genuinely expect to give account tonight for what we said today (or at least we don’t act like we do).  Ephesians 4 refers to an immediate and awful consequence of our wrong communication.  “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” The awful, immediate result of ungodly speech is grieving of the Holy Spirit.  When we speak empty or evil things, we sorrow the Holy Spirit.  One definition of this word grieve is, “to throw into sorrow.”  We are not talking about frustrating some impersonal force, as if grieving the Holy Spirit was somehow similar to blowing a head gasket.  This is sorrow inflicted on a very personal Being, the same personal Being who resides with in us as the promised Comforter from Christ,  securing us until the day in which our redemption is fully realized.  So what does your communication do?  Do you speak things that are a delight to the ears of God and minister grace to the ears of others or do you cause grief to the Holy Spirit?


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