Paul cautions believers in his letter to the Thessalonians:
“Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). The imagery is that of a fire being put out—quenched. Some Bible versions translate the word quench as stifle, suppress, or restrain.
Immediately after Paul warns believers not to quench the Spirit, he says, “Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil” (verses 20–22). When we see the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the lives of other believers and we try to stop it, suppress it, or dismiss it, we are quenching the Spirit.
It’s not wrong to be cautious. In fact, Paul says to “test them all” and “reject every kind of evil.” But when we see the good work of the Holy Spirit, we should always “hold to what is good” (verse 21).
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