Isaiah 63:10 may be one the most shocking verse in the entire Bible.
“Yet they rebelled
and grieved his Holy Spirit.
So he turned and became their enemy
and he himself fought against them.”
Can a believer who has the Holy Spirit living inside of them fathom this truth!?
The people of Israel have made an enemy of God and His Holy Spirit by their idolatry. And the Holy Spirit Himself fought against them.
What a terrifying thought for a true believer.
This is why Paul gives us a stern warning in Ephesians 4:30
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”
How can we grieve the Holy Spirit?
Under the NIV heading “Instructions for Christian Living” in Ephesians 4, Paul mentions the things that grieve the Holy Spirit: sensuality, impurity, greed, deceitful desires, falsehood, stealing, unwholesome talk, all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Should a believer ever fall in sin, he must not persist in that fall as John explains in 1 John 3:9
“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”
Conviction of sin is the work of the Holy Spirit and repentance quickly follows for the believer. Should that repentance not immediately follow, the Holy Spirit will be grieved.
Other than blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, grieving the Holy Spirit may be the biggest spiritual disaster in one’s life.
To listen to the Holy Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit in us… And we must always thank Him for His presence and guide in our lives.