The Holy Spirit Is Emotional
Posted August 3, 2012on:
When I think of someone being “emotional”, I picture in my mind a female crying. To think of the Holy Spirit as being emotional is a totally different story. But it’s true, He has emotions.
The Bible tells us that we are capable of grieving the Holy Spirit. To grieve means a deep mental suffering, usually done alone and in silence. To mourn is more of an outward display of sorrow but grieving is done inwardly.
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
Grieving is an emotion. Sorrow is an emotion. Grieving the Holy Spirit by what we say or do is a big deal. It’s not like just simply hurting someone’s feelings.
The Holy Spirit can be grieved when:
- we return to the things from which we should have been set free
- we don’t forgive others
- we hold onto bitterness and resentment
The Bible also talks about “quenching” the Holy Spirit. This means “restricting” the Holy Spirit. We can restrict the Holy Spirit by not doing the things we are suppose to do. For example, instead of thanking God, we are ungrateful and question what God is doing.
What are some of the things the Holy Spirit does for us?
~ He teaches us and helps us remember Scripture.
~ He leads us into holiness and moral living. If the Holy Spirit is restricted then fleshly desires will be more evident.
~ He produces fruit in our lives, such as love, joy, peace, kindness, etc. Grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit will produce just the opposite.
~ He reveals the deep things of God to us.
~ He comforts us.
~ He intercedes for us in prayer.
I know when I grieve the Holy Spirit I can feel it. It doesn’t feel good. It’s like an aching in the middle of my chest. The best thing to do is pray and repent of my sins. And after that, not continue in the very sins I was asking forgiveness for.
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].” 1 John 1:9