The fact that mankind can grieve God is clearly taught in scripture.
Our text reads, ‘And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.’ Wonder of wonders that the created would be so rebellious to the God who created us! How utterly repulsive our sin is before a Holy God. One can hardly imagine our comprehend our filthy rags that would cause God Himself to repent and be grieved that he created us! Sin hardened hearts grieve God the Son (Mark 3:5). ‘And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts,’ is all too close to home for the flippant way we treat sin in our own lives. Not only was God grieved, (Genesis 6:6) but Jesus also grieved over the hardness of our hearts. (Mark 3:5). God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are not impervious to our blatant sins! Ephesians 4:30 tells us plainly, ‘And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed unto the Day of Redemption! When you grieve one, you grieve all of the members of the Godhead!
Paul writes in Colossians 2:9-10, ‘For in Him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him which is the Heal of all principality and power.’ Taking into context, Ephesians 4:22-32, what then would be some ways that even we grieve Him. One of the ways is we fail to put off the old man (nature before we were saved) which is corrupt and full of deceitful lusts. We are to put away lying. Have you told a whopper lately? Probably so if you are a fisherman. We are not to be angry to the point of sin, and to let not the sun go down on our wrath. When we give place to the devil we grieve our Lord. We are not to steal (take things that are not ours) especially from the workplace or any other place. Our tongue is a real culprit in grieving God’s Holy Spirit by sometimes the corrupt vulgar words, or angry words we speak. Being of a bitter spirit as opposed to a kind and sweet spirit, only pushes us away from God.
As a child of God, one who has been blood bought by the Precious Lamb of God, we do not absolutely have any right to be hateful in any way to others, but we are to cleave to the Holy Spirit of God by being kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving each other even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us!
Drunkenness is a Holy Spirit quencher. We are told to be not drunk with wind wherein is excess but to be filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit.