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I have some serious health issues which lead me to not be on fire for the Lord. Do I grieve the Holy Spirit when I don't feel like worshipping?

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Thank you for sharing your situation. It is great to hear that you have been baptised and that you are serious about your faith by asking such deep questions. There are many people who seem to struggle with this question about grieving the Holy Spirit.

I suggest there are two basic lines of thought for you to consider. The first is spiritual.

We grieve the Holy Spirit through sin. In Ephesians 4:29-30 we read about this: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit is grieved, or pained (that is the meaning of the Greek word used here for 'grieved') by things in the believer which contradict His work in us concerning redemption. Christ died for us and the Holy Spirit 'seals' us - gives us the stamp of approval from God, so to speak. That is explained in Ephesians 1:13-14: In [Christ] you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. 

Therefore, we have the indwelling Holy Spirit and we are alive to God, conscious of God, given friendship with God with the total confidence that what He has given to us He will never remove. It is the guarantee of our inheritance. Notice also that this is all to the praise of His glory. In other words, God's own honour is involved in our faithfulness here on earth, and because of that He will ensure that we persevere to the end. As Paul says in another place, I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). 

To give pain to the Holy Spirit is like giving pain to our parents or children. They won't abandon us or stop loving us through being offended because their love is a 'given'. In the same way, the Holy Spirit will not leave us. Instead He will work in us to show us where we are wrong and bring us to a place of repentance and restoration to our fellowship with God. Therefore, if you have grieved the Holy Spirit He will in one way or another show you the need to repent and return to fellowship with Him. That is not simply an emotional 'down' but a definite spiritual 'presence' in your heart convicting of sin and of the righteous answer to it. However,

it is not a sin simply to feel down or unenthusiastic from time to time, especially during an illness.

This leads me to the second line of thought.

Our spiritual feelings are deeply affected by our emotional and physical wellbeing or illness. Have you noticed how a simple common cold can make you depressed and lethargic? Feelings are very often liars - we may strongly feel things whether they are true or not, real or not, important or not. It sounds as if your feelings about worship are a result of your physical illness, either in its physical or psychological impact on your emotions. I advise you to speak to your doctor about this, but in spiritual matters I can assure you such feelings are not a betrayal of your faith.

In closing, I suggest it would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey.

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:

http://www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world.

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