|God's Special Seal of Approval|
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NASB)
The Holy Spirit of promise makes Christians firm in the faith of the Gospel, allowing the believer to live a life pleasing to God, and providing assurance of salvation.
God has made known to believers through Christ, the Spirit of truth, this promise of salvation. Through Christ, God and humanity formerly estranged, are now reconciled; and the penalty of sin is satisfied for the wrong which caused the separation. He brought about, by His Spirit, the benefits of faith and love, whereby we are united with God. The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit seal or designate believers as the children of God, and the beneficiaries of eternal life. All to the glory of God.
Anything that arouses evil desires and lusts grieve the Spirit of God. Corrupt passions such as bitterness, rage, anger, a complaining attitude, slander, and malice sadden the Holy Spirit. The continuation of these things in one's life causes the Spirit of God to withdraw His presence and His sanctifying influences. When the believer has the Holy Spirit living within, that person can truly be kind, compassionate, forgiving, and bear good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).
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