Psalm 68, 23, 27
1 Kings 19:9-18
Ephesians 4 gives us something that is often lacking in Scripture – specific directions for living our life. While they include nothing new, sometimes God has to take the “broken record” tactic with us, repeating directions over-and-over again in order that we understand. To a large degree, the passage is an expansion of the commandment to love one another, for our good conduct demonstrates that love.
Verse 30 gives us a place to pause and meditate on the passage with its warning not to “grieve the Holy Spirit.” While in the middle of the specific directions, the verse reminds us that we have been given the Holy Spirit as a daily guide. When we remain attuned to the Spirit’s guidance, we then live in the way God would have us live with one another and with the world.
Let us constantly seek direction from the Spirit and be open to the guidance when it comes. Living within that guidance gives us the opportunity for wholeness and joy, in the kind of world we want to have.