THE FAITHFUL FRIEND
Let us now consider the sin of "Grieving the Spirit."
Resisting the Holy Ghost is one thing, grieving Him is another. Stephen charged the
unbelieving Jews in the 7th chapter of Acts, "Ye do always resist the Holy
Ghost as your fathers did, so do ye." The world has always been resisting the Spirit
of God in all ages. That is the history of the world. The world is today resisting the
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend." The Divine Spirit as a friend reveals to
this poor world its faults, and the world only hates Him for it. He shows them the plague
of their hearts. He convinces or convicts them of sin, therefore they fight the spirit of
God. I believe there is many a man resisting the Holy Ghost; I believe there is many a man
today fighting against the Spirit of God.
In the 4th chapter of Ephesians, in the 30th, 31st, and 32d verses, we read:
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of
redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be
put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christs sake hath forgiven you."
Now, mark you, that was written to the Church at Ephesus. "Grieve not the Holy
Spirit, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." I believe today that
Church all of over Christendom is guilty of grieving the Holy Spirit. There are a good
many believers in different churches wondering why the work of God is not revived.
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