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Rooted in Gospel Love - "Preaching the Gospel to One Another" (Paul Kim)

Reflection Questions

1.  We help one another see our need for Christ.
A.  We are blind and biased.  What would change if you were convinced this were true of you?
B.  Do you frequently ask for forgiveness?  Why or why not?
C.  Do you lovingly confront others?  Why or why not?
D.  Is there something for which you want to ask forgiveness?  Is there something you want to lovingly confront in someone?

2.  We help each other see Christ, who He is and what He’s done for us.
A.  Is there a promise or truth that helps you focus on Jesus and free you?
B.  Is there a testimony you’d like to share?
C.  Is there Gospel fruit in someone else you’d like to celebrate?
D.  Is there grace you’d like to demonstrate?

 

Grieving the Spirit

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
— Ephesians 4:30

Serving is a blessing for the kingdom of God. I believe God smiles greatly for those who are willing to humbly serve His ministry. As we serve at church or anywhere else, one VERY important person, to be aware of is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and should be treated as a person, and not a power or thing.

Ephesians 4:30 says, "Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God." What does this mean? How can we cause grief to the Holy Spirit?  In this passage, we see that grieving the Holy Spirit is related to how we as Christians relate and talk to one another. Ephesians 4:29 says,

 
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
 

As Christians, we are to be encouraging one another with our words and treating each other in love and forgiveness. When Christians hurt one another with their words, this grieves the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit longs for Christians to live in unity. We are to live in dependence on the Spirit to be able to love one another and treat each other with respect. Because the Spirit lives in us, He is the one who can teach us how to love one another as He loves us at the core of our being. 

Living by the Spirit isn't something that comes easily. It's hard to be dependent on someone else, especially when we typically live our lives according to our own power. When I have a headache, I automatically, and most of time instantaneously, reach for the Tylenol or Advil bottle. Yeah, we can say that God has so graciously blessed our country with medicine to rid these unfortunate pains, but God desires for us to come to Him first and to consult the Holy Spirit for healing. We see multiple accounts in the Gospels where Jesus rebukes diseases. How glorious would it be to make this habitual in my life. The Holy Spirit works whenever He wants, but may I be able to acknowledge, be aware, and live a life that is dependent on the Spirit, as I learn to follow Him and love others. May I not grieve the Holy Spirit and be able to come into repentance with love and obedience when it occurs. May I be open to His leading and be grateful for His grace.