Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14:27 (Amplified)

Fear can be overcome through the Holy Spirit of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified) says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

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Relationship Hinderances

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Relationships are a big part of life and many times they don’t go so well. There are many hindrances to relationships. One our most important relationships is with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. When we are remiss in our relationships with one another our relationship with God is hindered.

Ephesians 4:30 (NKJV) –

What does grieving the spirit mean. To grieve means to afflict with deep sorrow or to distress. How do we grieve or distress the Holy Spirit of God? The way we live contributes to the distress of the Holy Spirit. Characteristics such as those listed below are some of the things that will grieve the Spirit.

  • Bitterness
  • Unforgiveness
  • Selfishness
  • Unwholesome language
  • Harsh language
  • Bad attitude
  • Ungrateful/unthankful
  • Grumbling/complaining

Instead of grieving the Spirit of God, we should strive to do what Ephesians 4:31 & 32 (Amplified) says:

31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).

 32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.