Quenching the Spirit

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1Th 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

This instruction is from 1 Thessalonians 5, where we are given a list of short commandments. It could also be called grieving the Spirit as mentioned in Eph 4.

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

What exactly is quenching the Spirit? Any attempt to control or limit what God can do in your meetings, or in your personal life is one case. Those who suppress emotional expression, worshipping in the spirit, or operation of the spiritual gifts quench the Spirit.

Quenching or grieving the Spirit is a stumbling block in that it involves rejection of the ministry of the Spirit. And that same ministry of the Spirit is what brings on maturity, so rejection will keep you in the ranks of the immature. Once you humble yourself and repent, The Spirit will be free to minister once again.

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