Do Not Grieve Him

It hurts my heart,

Spirit of God,

that I would ever grieve You


And those times

throughout my life

that my words have cut


and were not of You


I long to breathe them

back in


Angry words

Gossip words

Rage words

Bitter words

Malice words

Slander words


And I know I’m not alone

in this


But what it comes down to, Holy Spirit,

is You and me

and no one else


We are in relationship,

You dwelling within me


And there is no one closer

than You


No one


So You are the last One

I would want to grieve


Especially since You speak

such goodness


and light

into me


Thank you for changing me,


over these years


You are at work in my heart


And showing me

how to put a check

on my words


Sometimes I fail You


and yet


You are so loving

that You keep showing me

how not to grieve You


And You always love


I want to be like You

who dwells inside of me,

always loving

and watching my words

my attitude

my walk


with You


– Susie Stewart


Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

– Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)


With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

– James 3:9-11 (NIV)


Photo by Susie Stewart