25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Verse 30 really stood out for me. “Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. He has identified you as his own.” Wow! The Holy Spirit lives in me–that part of the Godhead that is closest and most personal.
That means He is always with me. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came and then left when a task was completed. But now, since the cross, the Holy Spirit dwells within me. When I do well, He is joyful; when I don’t do well, He is sad. But through all that, His presence is my guarantee of my salvation.