What is grieving and quenching the  Holy Spirit?

Question: “What does it mean to grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit and how do we grieve and quench Him?”

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And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). The Greek word for grieve is lupeo and means to distress, to grieve, sadness, and emotional pain. And grieving can cause quenching in the Holy Spirit.  Do not quench the Spirit (1 Thes. 5:19).  The original Greek for quench means to extinguish, suppress, quench, and to go out.

Luke tells us what many do. You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51)!

When Israel turned from God, Isaiah said, Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10).

Paul clearly explains what causes the Holy Spirit to grieve and to be quenched - sin.

In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (Ephesians 4:26, 31).

We are warned of the danger of trampling on Jesus with our sins. It is a dreadful thing to sin and insult the Holy Spirit. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:29-31).

The next few verses of Ephesians tell us what we should be doing. … Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 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. (Ephesians 4:28-29). Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

The Holy Spirit has a sensitive nature and can easily be grieved. Fortunately, He also is quick to forgive the sins that grieved Him if we repent and again turn to Jesus.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8).

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