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Summary: This message is part of series through the book of Ephesians and deals with how to avoid the grieving of the Holy Spirit.

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Making the Spirit Smile

Ephesians 4:30-32

I. The Personhood of the Spirit (v. 30a)

A. The Witness of Jesus Christ (John 14:17, 16:13)

B. Our Potential Effect on the Spirit

1. We Can Choose to Have Fellowship With Him (Gal. 5:16)

2. We Can Choose to Be Controlled (Eph. 5:18)

3. We Can Choose to Grieve the Holy Spirit (v. 30, Acts 5:3, 9)

C. He is a Person and Not an Influence

II. The Ministry Of the Spirit (v. 30b)

A. He Helped Create (Gen. 1:2)

B. He Convicts Us of Sin and Righteousness (John 16:7-8)

C. He Intercedes on Our Behalf (Romans 8:26)

D. He Is Our Guarantee (v. 30b)

III. Actions that Grieve the Holy Spirit (v. 31)

A. Bitterness – Smoldering Resentment

B. Wrath – Rage

C. Anger – Deep Hostility

D. Clamor – Causing Strife

E. Evil Speaking – Slander

F. Malice – Root of All Evil

IV. How Do We Make the Spirit Smile? (v. 32)

A. Have a Kind and Gentle Attitude

B. Have a Patient, Understanding Attitude

C. Have a Forgiving Attitude


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