THERE IS A SAD, SAD SCRIPTURE IN EZEKIEL 6:9 where God Himself states, “I am broken”. He was broken and grieved over His people that departed from Him and lusted after the idols of the world. Oh, they continued to go to temple and offer sacrifices and give God lip service, but their hearts were not submitted to the Lord. They didn’t really want Him and His ways, they wanted their own way and wanted to put God’s stamp of approval on it.
God didn’t want to bring judgment, but His heart was broken. Because God continually reached out to His people, sending His prophets to warn and correct; the Psalmist records God’s just actions against them: ““But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.” Psalms 81:11-12
There’s nothing new under the sun. God has not changed His mind. God considers it adultery- when we want and desire anything more than wanting and desiring Him. The psalmist says, “as the deer pants for water, so my soul longs after Thee”. His soul longed for the only One who can truly satisfy. When this same longing and yearning for Jesus, the One who took upon Himself our transgressions and died a bloody and tormenting death for us and subsequently rose from the grave in order to give us new life and peace; is not found in His people, it breaks His heart.
Yes, we can still grieve the Lord and break His heart. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Ephesians 4:30-31
In what ways do we grieve the Spirit? Here’s a few: the first way to grieve the Spirit is disobedience, which is also considered adultery and rebellion. The prophet Samuel records that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. We are in rebellion when we follow our sinful flesh over the leading of the Spirit and disobedient to the commands of God. The apostle Paul says we misuse grace when we don’t use the gifts and talents He has given us for His purposes, thus grieving the Spirit of grace.
We can grieve the Spirit when we don’t allow Him to move freely and we despise His supernatural manifestations. We grieve the Spirit when we are not kind and do not forgive, especially since we ourselves have been forgiven such a huge debt. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we are not thankful. In fact, I’m so convinced that gratefulness to the Lord for what He has done for us should so fill us that to not be thankful reveals you are not in a saving relationship with the Lord. An ungrateful heart is a bitter and resentful one, defiling the whole soul.
Are you so concerned over breaking another’s heart that you forget you are breaking His heart by your continual rejection of His Word and rebellion against His Holy Spirit and adulterous ways? Let this word break your heart and give you a contrite spirit, for these things please the Lord. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalms 51:17) And pray this prayer: Lord forgive us if we have grieved You, we repent and our broken over our rebellious ways and give us grace to be Your people who bring JOY to Your heart and grant us that we may live to please the Spirit of grace. #runyourrace
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