Daily Devotional
Are You Grieved by Sin?

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Ephesians 4:30

Ponder This

The word grieve is a love word. Did you know that you can only grieve someone who loves you? Think about it. When the neighbor’s kids do wrong, that bothers you. But when your kids do wrong, that grieves you. There’s a difference. A person is only grieved if they love the person who’s doing wrong.

Somebody told me a while back about a preacher who’d fallen into immorality. I’m not ashamed to tell you, when I heard it, I fell to my knees, and I wept like a baby. I could not stop crying. When I heard about what this man had done, I was grieved because I loved him and admired him. Even more so, the Holy Spirit of God loves us so much that when we have sin in our hearts and in our lives—sin that has not been confessed or repented of—that grieves the Spirit of God.

  • Is there anything right now you are being convicted of that is grieving the Holy Spirit?
  • Do you need to confess sin and repent so that you can stop grieving the Holy Spirit?

Practice This

Take time to confess to God any sin in your life; determine to turn from that sin and stay clean.


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