Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Love God by loving people

How we treat others matters greatly to God. In fact, it appears as though the Holy Spirit is grieved when we handle each other poorly. Check out the context of Ephesians 4:30, "do not grieve the Holy Spirit." It is smack dab in the middle of scripture that in encouraging us to treat one another with love, compassion, and forgiveness.  The Apostle Paul even goes so far as to encourage us to love others just as Christ loved us and gave His life for us. How we act toward others is very spiritual and either glorifies God or grieves Him. You say that you love God... Well, how are you treating others?
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 
1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. - Ephesians 4:29 - 5:2

1 comment:

Anita Hensley said...

very good observation Eric!

if you press in even further you see this is tied with the words of our mouths. our speech can grieve the Holy Spirit as cause Him to withdraw... something to think about if we are asking him to come and break in at the same time.