Question: If you have blasphemed the Holy Spirit, does it matter if you're sorry?
Answer: The Bible tells us that if we blaspheme the Holy Spirit, we will not be forgiven (Luke 12:10).
Now what is blaspheming? The Webster's Dictionary defines it as to speak of or address with impious irreverence; to revile; abuse.
For a long time, I struggled with this. The devil told me that I had blasphemed the Holy Spirit. He accused me of doing it accidentally and insisted that I was doomed.
My instructors at one Christian school taught us that when Amy Grant moved her music to the mainstream pop charts, she blasphemed the Holy Spirit.
I heard that if we grieve the Holy Spirit in any way, we have committed the unpardonable sin.
Speaking of the Holy Spirit or being involved with any thing that had to do with Him remained off-limits in my book.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Let's say we want to turn on a light. We instruct our son to turn it on because he is closer to it. He flips the switch.
The same principle is true in the Godhead. God is the person who gives the order. Jesus fulfills the order and the Holy Spirit is the power that causes the order to be fulfilled just like the electricity makes the light turn on.
After Jesus ascended into Heaven, He left the Holy Spirit with us. The Holy Spirit is to be our Comforter, to be our Helper, to be our Counselor.
The Holy Spirit is supposed to be our friend and not our enemy. He is not Someone to be afraid of nor should we cut Him out of our lives. He is a valuable asset to us.
The controversy concerning the Holy Spirit stems from wrong teaching about the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Some believe it is of the devil. Others believe it doesn't exist today. Yet others believe those who speak in tongues are crazy.
Let's set aside the controversy and deal with who the Holy Spirit is and how He is important to our lives as Believers.
The Holy Spirit is the Best Friend that we can have. He knows all things and is willing to teach us all things. He wants to be our tutor in whatever we need to learn.
For instance, let's say our talents are creative, such as writing, painting or music. In order to sell our pieces, we must learn how to market. The Holy Spirit can teach us how to market our pieces. The Holy Spirit can give us witty ideas on how to prosper our business.
Let's say, we need to know how to do a particular skill for our job, the Holy Spirit can teach us.
He can also bring all things to our remembrance. Most of us forget information that we don't use. If we ask Him, the Holy Spirit can bring those things that we once knew to our remembrance. But it must already be in us in order for the Holy Spirit to bring it to our remembrance.
It is like a well. We have to put a bucket down in the well, and if there is water down there, it will come up. If there isn't, it won't.
When we are in distress, when we are discouraged, the Holy Spirit will comfort us.
The Holy Spirit is a source of encouragement, a source of correction, a source of life and love. He is on our side, trying to coach us into being the best that we can be.
It is only through the Holy Spirit that the gifts of the Spirit are deposited in us, but without the Holy Spirit's help, we cannot activate them.
The Holy Spirit is our Heavenly Coach, who can lead us into all truth, can teach us all things, can comfort us, encourage us, love on us and be there when we need Him. He is there whenever we are in trouble, and even when we aren't.
What about the unpardonable sin? It is a rejection of the Holy Spirit. It is turning our back on God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Remember I struggled with whether I had committed the unpardonable sin?
One morning, I listened to Casey Treat's broadcast, and he said, "If you are worried about committing the unpardonable sin, then you haven't."
That set me free right there. He went onto explain that if one commits blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, if they turn their backs totally on the Gospel and reject it, then they are so hard-hearted that they wouldn't repent in the first place. And they cannot receive forgiveness if they don't repent.
If we are worried about committing the unpardonable sin, we haven't. If it upsets us not to have our sins forgiven, that is a good indication that we are not hard-hearted. We are still pliable toward the things of God.
It is only when we harden our hearts toward God, when we turn our back on the ways of God that we must worry about the unpardonable sin.
However, by the time, a person gets to that point, forgiveness is the last thing on his mind.
The Holy Spirit is our Friend. He is not someone to be feared. He can be an useful resource when we need to learn something or need the truth on a matter.
He is a source of comfort when we are grieving or in pain. A sense of direction when we are lost. Encouragement when we are discouraged.
He is the Best Friend you will ever have or need. Get to know Him today.
Annagail Lynes is a published author, pharmacy technician and starting her business as a life coach.
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