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THE WORST GRIEF OF ALL………

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Cor. 6:20……….

“And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Gen. 6:6

“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15

Can you imagine the person you love more than you’ve ever loved anyone else breaking your heart? Grieving you? Can you imagine breaking that person’s heart? Grieving that person? Oh, how unthinkable! How awful! How horrible to even conceive of! Now imagine this.

We are to love the Lord more than anything or anyone in the universe, and yet we are as capable of breaking God’s heart as we are of breaking a human heart. Yes, we are capable of grieving God! And, yes, God has a heart! Just read the Bible and you will see! Now if you think it’s terrible to imagine your loved one grieving you, or you grieving your loved one, that is NOTHING compared with us grieving God almighty! The truth is we are capable of grieving God’s very Spirit who lives inside His followers!

How so? When we hurt God, we grieve Him. When we sin against Him, we grieve Him. When we rebel against Him, when we disobey, when we go the wrong way, when we go against Him, when we neglect Him, when we reject and abandon Him, when we give Him no regard, when we don’t live according to His ways, when we don’t open the Bible and learn to live by it, when we don’t assemble with His followers, when we don’t spend time alone with Him, when we don’t pray to Him, when we don’t make Him our number one priority in life, don’t you think we grieve God? Most importantly, when we refuse to repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, and refuse to devote our lives to God and His ways, we grieve Lord and Savior of this whole world!

The Lord teaches us in His Word what He loves, what pleases Him and brings Him praise, honor, worship, pleasure, joy, and glory, and He tells us what grieves Him.

How are you living, friend? Is loving and pleasing Jesus number one in your life? Do you do your best not to grieve Him? When His Spirit brings to light you are grieving Him in some way, do you quickly repent and rapidly return to living to love and glorify Him?

So much of this world right now is grieving God as people worldwide reject Christ and life according to the fleeting pleasures and treasures of this life. Let’s you and I not join in the ranks of those grieving God. Let’s bring our hearts and lives before Jesus and make sure day by day that we are living in a manner that blesses the heart of Christ rather than adds more to all the grief He so tragically must bear given the state of this world.

Live to glorify God! Live to please Him! Don’t grieve Jesus, friend! Love the Lord with ALL your heart now and forevermore, oh, yes!

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