1 Kings 19:4-8
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. (Ephesians 4:30)
We all know how easy it is to conjure up fabrications that will deceive someone. We know how easy it can be to try to “get even” with someone who has hurt us. And we know how easy it is to get down on ourselves and think of ourselves as worthless. And yet we also know how to be generous and help someone who is in need. We know how to forgive someone who has hurt us. We know how to be patient, especially in those situations that agitate us.
We seem to know a lot. But what we don’t always know is that we are in the midst of a spiritual battle. On the one hand, that wily and crafty person we call Satan operates behind the scene, urging us to sin. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit is at work, urging us to be loving, kind, caring, and generous.
Now, here is the thing: when you reject the temptations of the devil, he simply gets angry and more determined to cause you to sin. But when you reject the Holy Spirit by ignoring his promptings or falling into sin, he doesn’t become angry. He grieves. Then he devises a new plan to help you turn away from sin and come back home.
This spiritual battle is going on all the time. So what can we do about it? First, we can continually tell ourselves that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, loves us. When we know that someone loves us unconditionally, that knowledge causes us to say, “I never want to hurt you or violate you.” What a wonderful protection against sin!
Second, we can set our hearts on never grieving the Holy Spirit. How? By not allowing any love to overshadow him. How else? By trying our best to love everyone and treat everyone as we want to be treated—with honor, respect, and mercy.
“Lord Jesus, help me never to grieve your Holy Spirit.”~WAU