Ephesians 4:30 says this:
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Theologians are always debating, “Can anyone grieve the Holy Spirit? If so, how could someone grieve the Holy Spirit?”
A hermeneutic is a method of interpreting something, most often used for the Bible.
A famous hermeneutic method that I just made up is called the “Look Up and Down Hermeneutic.”
Often, if a verse or passage confuses you, to understand what it means you look at the one-to-three verses before and after the verse that confuses you. There’s often the explanation!
We don’t have a god of confusion, we have a God who is the greatest communicator in the universe.
Back to the Idiots
The Theologians who argue ad infinitum asking themselves, “In light of Ephesians 4:30, how can someone actually grieve the Holy Spirit”?
Using the famous “Look Up and Down Hermeneutic” that I just made up, we first look up. Let’s travel just three verses up in the Bible and see Ephesians 4:26-29:
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
For completeness, the famous “Look Up and Down Hermeneutic” that I just made up requires that we also look down a ways. The chapter ends in just two more verses so let’s look at the first of those in Ephesians 4:31:
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Here’s the List
So we have a fairly good list of things that grieve the Holy Spirit! So… don’t do them!
- Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
- Don’t give the devil an opportunity [to do anything he wants but unchecked, unrighteous anger is his foot in the door]
- Don’t steal
- Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth
- Put away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice
It’s not an exhaustive list but it’s a full one that will keep most of us busy for a while.
Finding out what God means seems pretty simple to me. What do you think?