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Don't

The last half of Ephesians chapter 4 is chock full of a whole bunch of "don'ts."

  • don't be rebellious
  • don't lie
  • don't pretend to be something you're not
  • don't seek revenge
  • don't stay angry
  • don't drive angry (sorry, that's not from Eph. 4, it's from the movie, Groundhog Day)
  • don't steal
  • don't use foul language
  • don't talk bad about people
  • don't hold a grudge

All of these "don'ts" are good advice--even the "don't drive angry."  But I think they pale in comparison to the "don'ts" of verse 30 in Ephesians 4.

"Don't grieve God.  Don't break his heart.  His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself.  Don't take such a gift for granted." (MSG)

Maybe you should read that again...

Do you realize the immensity of that verse?  What a gift.  You were made to have the Spirit of God living within your heart and throughout your life.  Anything less simply breaks the heart of God.  You were made for so much more. 

You know as well as I do that there are many more "don'ts" that we could add to the list above.  Even the most harmless of them become grievous if they grieve God.  Take Paul's advice--if you are even thinking about dabbling in something that will be detrimental to the most intimate part of your life...Don't.

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