Quench not the Spirit.
—1 Thessalonians 5:19
The Spirit of God is like a fire that burns within us. It can be as faint as a matchstick or as raging as a bonfire, depending upon how much fuel we provide. It can grow dim or even go out if the fire isn’t tended. And it is because it is like a fire that St. Paul told the Thessalonians to “quench not the Spirit.”
What quenches the Spirit is an impure life. St. John Chrysostom said,
If anyone pours water or dirt upon the light of a lamp, it . . .
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Thomas S. Buchanan is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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