Holy Spirit

Three Surprising Ways to Grieve the Holy Spirit

Very insightful article by Kevin DeYoung on grieving the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit, then, is a light to us in three ways: by exposing our guilt, by illuminating the word of God, and by showing us Christ. Or to put it another way, as Divine Light, the Holy Spirit works to reveal sin, reveal the truth, and reveal glory. When we close our eyes to this light or disparage what we are meant to see by this brightness, we are guilty of resisting the Spirit (Acts 7:51), or quenching (1 Thess. 5:19) or grieving the Spirit (Eph. 4:30). There may be slight nuances among the three terms, but they are all speak of the same basic reality: refusing to see and to savor what the Spirit means to show us.

There are, then, at least three ways to grieve the Holy Spirit—three ways that may be surprising because they correspond to the three ways in which the Spirit acts as light to expose our guilt, illumine the word, and show us Christ….

The three ways are:

  1. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we use him to excuse our sinfulness
  2. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we pit him against the Scriptures
  3. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we suggest he is jealous of our focus on Christ

Read the rest the article here … Three Surprising Ways to Grieve the Holy Spirit.