Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32).
The Main Directive: "Do Not Grieve The Holy Spirit."
Two Part Discussions On: Grieving The Holy Spirit
I. THINGS THAT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
Corrupt in this case means rotten. Rotten words cannot resurrect people. Corruption cannot bring consecration.
Bitterness is the opposite of Blessedness. We cannot be bitter and bless people.
"Wrath and Anger"
Anger and Wrath are opposite of grace and self-control. It is hard to reflect God's grace when we have inflaming passion boiling, violent emotion and indignation exhibited in punishment
"Clamor and Evil Speaking"
Clamor and Evil Speaking are the opposite of grace and truth. We cannot lead people to Jesus brawling and insulting them.
Malice is the opposite of goodwill. When we have ill-will with the desire to injure others, the opportunity to lead someone to Jesus greatly diminishes.
II. THINGS THAT DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Be kind to one another"
One of the biblical meanings for kindness is "fit for use." The Bible says it is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance.
Compassion is the heart of the great commission. The bottom-line for a greater harvest is love.
"Forgiving one another"
Without forgiveness there is no salvation. Forgiveness is attractive.
"Just as God in Christ forgave you"
Apart from Christ we cannot receive forgiveness. There is no forgiveness without Christ. This is one of the central messages for a greater harvest.