3 Basic Things Believers Do That Grieve God’s Heart
There are certain decisions that we take that grieve the heart of God. To grieve is to feel very sad or sorrowful about certain things.
In Ephesians 5:10, we are admonished to find out what pleases the Lord. Therefore, if we are able to know those things that does not please the Lord. We will be able to do what will please Him.
No true son will be happy to see his father sad and dejected all the time. In the same vein, no true believer will be happy to do things that infuriate God. If truly, the nature of God is in us.
So, knowing the decisions that grieve God, will enable every believer to play safe. Also, this will enable us to attract God’s favour just as Noah found His favour (Gen 6:9).
Three Basic Things That Grieve God
Genesis 6:5-6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it GRIEVE him at his heart.
And GOD saw that the WICKEDNESS, of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Wickedness is a product of sin that infuriates God and saddens His heart. Also, wickedness is seen in people’s inability to pay back debt.
Other acts of wickedness are killing, homosexuality, slavery, cheating, backbiting, witchcraft and so on. It was because of the evil that was prevalent on earth at that time that saddened God’s heart.
Therefore, you are to avoid wickedness if you truly want to please God. Wherever wickedness thrives, the devil thrives. Because it is one of the works of the agents of the devil.
Honestly, you can’t be wicked as a lecturer and expect God to bless your work. The Bible says it shall not be well with the wicked (Eccl 8:13). You can’t be wicked as a worker and expect God to be happy with you.
Who are the wicked?
More so, it is an act of wickedness for a person to work for you. And you refuse to pay him. When you stubbornly deprive people of their right, it is wickedness.
You are a wicked man if you refuse to forgive those who have offended you. You are wicked if you always oppose people at their point of breakthrough.
Again, you are wicked, if you love in sin day and night. Despite the disgrace, shame and sufferings Jesus went through because of you on the cross.
There are a lot of mephistopheleans these days. We have heard of those who use human being to make money rituals. I have heard of people who used their satanic power to obstruct people’s progress. All these are proof of wickedness
Admittedly, we can see why this nation has not experienced any notable change or progress.
Whoever has been sinning should stop it. Never submit yourself for the devil to use. Be kind to people. Never allow them to see you as an evildoer.
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• Evil Thought
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that EVERY IMAGINATION OF THE THOUGHT of his heart was only EVIL continually.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Although, some people feel, it is only evil deeds that culminate in sin. Whereas, evil intentions and thought provoke God’s anger.
It is not only our deeds that are sinful. No! Also, our heart desires and intentions are sinful. Your thoughts and intents are weighed before God. It is stupidity for you to be thinking of filthy things and expect God not to count it as sin.
So, let’s be aware of this truth, in order for us to control our pattern of thought. Beware of what you think. Because these things make up the list of things that grieve God.
Read what Jesus said about Adultery below;
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Truly, it is possible for a man to sight a lady and possibly have sex with her in her thought. Our hearts are powerful. There’s hardly nothing we can’t do through it.
Jesus said, it is not until when you sleep with somebody’s wife that you’ve committed adultery.
On the contrary, your thought can make you commit adultery. Therefore, God has given you the power to control all the parts of your body.
Exercise authority over them by using them wisely. Never allow your thought to lead you to hell. Stop grieving God’s heart by thinking of unlawful things. Think of good things.
• Hardness Of Heart
And when he had looked round about on them with anger, BEING GRIEVED for the HARDNESS OF THEIR HEARTS, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Someone might want to ask; “It was Jesus that was grieved not God now.” But here what Jesus said;
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Jesus, the son of God said, he did only what he saw His father do. Besides, Jesus is also God in the order of Godhead.
In other words, it grieves the heart of God when people’s are being hardened. Unbelief is the foundation upon which hardness of heart is built.
When people are too judgemental, and proud, their hearts would be hardened. God is always ready to pour out His grace upon us. Don’t allow the hardness of heart deprive you of God’s goodness.
What Happens When God Is Greived?
• He Rewards People According To Their Sins
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Here, God was ready to destroy the evildoers. But he decided to spear Noah because Noah was a righteous man.
Listen, whenever God is grieved He execute judgment upon evildoers.
May we not grieve God through our sins. May God grant us the grace to please Him always.