Grieve Not the Holy Spirit
Sins against the Holy Spirit do not seem to get the same treatment, as those against the Father or Son.
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."—Ephesians 4:30
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you Acts 7:51
Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19
Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come," Matt 12:32
Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something to which a bond was formed.
Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, spiritual, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to loss.
Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering one feels when something or someone the individual loves is taken away. Grief is also a reaction to any loss.
The grief associated with death is familiar to most people, but individuals grieve in connection with a variety of losses throughout their lives, such as unemployment, ill health or the end of a relationship.
Loss can be categorized as either physical or abstract, the physical loss being related to something that the individual can touch or measure, such as losing a spouse through death, while other types of loss are abstract, and relate to aspects of a person’s social interactions.
Stages in Human Grieving process:
Shock and Denial
Shock is the initial reaction to loss. Shock is the person’s emotional protection from being too suddenly overwhelmed by the loss. The person may not yet be willing or able to believe what their mind knows to be true. This stage normally lasts two or three months.
Intense concern often manifests by being unable to think of anything else. Even during daily tasks, thoughts of the loss keep coming to mind. Conversations with one at this stage always turn to the loss as well. This period may last from six months to a year.
Despair and Depression
Despair and depression is a long period of grief, the most painful and protracted stage for the griever (during which the person gradually comes to terms with the reality of the loss). The process typically involves a wide range of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Many behaviors may be irrational. Depression can include feelings of anger, guilt, sadness and anxiety.
The goal of grieving is not the elimination of all the pain or the memories of the loss. In this stage, one shows a new interest in daily activities and begins to function normally day to day. The goal is to reorganize one’s life, so the loss is an important part of life rather than its center.
Resist – withstand or oppose the action or effect of.
Sensitivity of the Holy Spirit
From what is described, the Holy Spirit is imagined, or seen as, the more sensitive, fragile, feminine side of the God head.
He is nurturing, witnesses Jesus to us, woos us to Christ, bonds to us at salvation, and then fills us when we receive Him completely.
When we sin against Him, he feels shock, grief, concern, despair and depression.
How he can be both all powerful and so fragile, as to grieve and suffer, is hard for a human to imagine.
But we can relate to the human emotions associated with rejection, harm, loss, depression, and shock.
The Holy Spirit is endless love, and to resist Him is to resist all he offers us from God, and to quench him is akin to destroying Him, because quench means extinguish.
How can a fire exist if the flame is put out?
The Lord is our Rock and High Tower, a present help in time of trouble, our Deliverer and King.
The Holy Spirit is our delicate flower, who brings the love of God to us.
He nurtures us and becomes one with us, to teach us about the Lord.
To reject Him is to rip his “soul” away from our soul.
It wounds Him.
I can almost see him weeping over us.
Spend time with the Holy Spirit.
He is our gift from us from the Father and Son, and we should cherish His company and devotion to us.
Fellowship with Him.
Share your life with Him.
He is there to listen and counsel you.