30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Wow… grieve is defined as causing great pain, deep anguish, so bad that this word is used to define childbirth. Did you know you could grieve the Holy Spirit? The nudge here is that you can cause this by ignoring the previous commands. This may seem slightly confusing but let me make it more clear… When we were saved God placed Himself within us (the Holy Spirit). This promises us that we need not worry about what will happen after death, God has made an unbreakable promise that He has paid for our sins! However, this means God has to go where we go and essentially be a part of what we do. Now, when we are sinning or ignoring these commands we are showing Him our love for sin which essentially means we are simultaneously saying “Christ’s death was not that important.”
It’s a weird situation and somewhat hard to fully explain but the reality is two fold: 1) your salvation is sealed by the Spirit 2)your sin, or ignoring Him speak, truly hurts the Lord.
Our sins aren’t just a stain to ourselves but they are the very reasons why Christ’s back was beaten. Imagine, you’re sitting in a room and you’re told there’s someone in the other room and every time you take a bite of a candy bar the person in the other room is beaten with a bat. They’ve done this study (without someone actually being in the other room being beaten) and found that if they are told the victim knows they are being hit because of someone else’s choice then the person is less likely to perform that action… well friend, I am telling you that even though you sin for a “useful” reason sometimes and it makes life “easier” sometimes, every time you sin you’re causing great anguish for the Holy Spirit. It’s hard to fully grasp because there’s pain from the fact that He knows the effect of your sin on your life, He knows the cost for your sin, and He has to be around your sin. It is sufficient to say: your sin hurts.
Your sins have a great effect. They nailed Christ to the cross, and continue to hurt the Lord when you commit them. Yet we are so selfish and proud that we think: well if I don’t lose my salvation from my mistakes and really my sin is good for me so I’ll keep it up. Let’s pray we can stop being so selfish and ‘me’ focused, stop sinning, and glorify God. Not because we stop sinning so that we can be saved, but because we are hurting our loved one who greatly desires us to live differently.
When you are about to willingly sin ask yourself the question: “If my mom, wife, or children were being beat with a bat because of me doing this, would I do it?”
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God that His grace is sufficient even when you make mistakes or willingly choose to sin. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking Him to help you be aware of your sin’s effects. Ask Him to cause your heart to hurt over the things that hurt His.
Share with another believer, your family, or even the next person that asks you why you don’t do something: sin truly hurts the Lord. It goes even further than the cross, and even though we cannot explain it perfectly we know that our sin hurts the Spirit.