“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” —Ephesians 4:30
The loving grief of the Holy Ghost may be traced to his holy character and perfect attributes. It is the nature of a holy being to be vexed with unholiness. There can be no concord between God and Belial. A Spirit immaculately pure cannot but take umbrage at uncleanness, and especially must he be grieved by the presence of evil in the objects of his affections. Sin everywhere must be displeasing to the Spirit of holiness, but sin in his own people is grievous to him in the highest degree. He will not hate his people, but he does hate their sins, and hates them all the more because they nestle in his children’s bosoms. The Spirit would not be the Spirit of truth if he could approve of that which is false in us: he would not be pure if that which is impure in us did not grieve him. We could not believe him to be holy if he could look with complacency upon our unholiness; nor should we think of him as being perfect if our imperfection could be regarded by him without displeasure. No, because he is what he is, the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of holiness, therefore everything in us which falls short of his own nature must be grievous to him: he helps our infirmities, but he grieves over our sins.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 3, 1867 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 13 Sermon No. 738, “Grieve Not the Holy Spirit”