We need the Holy Spirit to live a life that glorifies God and to fulfil our purpose on earth. We aren’t experiencing God’s power and we aren’t able to accomplish our purpose in Christ because we have grieved and quenched the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We shouldn’t let any corrupt talk come out of our mouths but only what is good to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you have been sealed for redemption. The root meaning “grieve” is deep emotion, that the Holy Spirit experiences. The facets that grieve the Holy Spirit; malice, unwholesome talk, anger, wrath, bitterness and clamor (Ephesians 4:29-32). The Lord instructed Moses to make sure the fire on the altar keeps burning just like He wants the fire of the Holy Spirit to keep burning on the inside of us (Leviticus 6:8). Why does the Holy Spirit grieve? Because God loves us and He laid down his life for us (1 John 3:16). Since we are in a love relationship with the Father, we should not grieve the Holy Spirit BY:
Being Spiritually minded (walk in the Spirit) – We should walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh so that we don’t gratify the desires of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:16-17). There is war between light and darkness, and as children of the light and we must allow our minds to be dominated by the kingdom of light, by subjecting our minds to the Holy Spirit so that we don’t indulge the flesh and live in darkness. If we live in the Spirit (ie we are saved), let us also walk in the Spirit (ie as a result of obedience) ( Galatians 5:25).
Having the fear of the Lord (reverence or deep respect for God) – The first requirement the Lord gave the Israelites in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 was to fear the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). The fear of the Lord leads to life (Proverbs 19:23). We must come back to the place where we have reverence for our God and respect Him because we love Him. Like David, we need to ask God daily to search our hearts and see if there is any wicked way in us, so that nothing will be left in our hearts that will grieve the Holy Spirit and quench His fire in us.