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a7582-chrysostom“GOD hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). That is, we did not receive the Spirit, that we should shrink from exertion, but that we
may speak with boldness. For to many He gives a spirit of fear, as we read in the wars of the kings: A spirit of fear fell upon them (cf
Ex. 15:16). That is, he infused terror into them. But to you He has given, on the contrary, a spirit of power, and of love toward Himself. This, then, is of Grace, and yet not solely of Grace, but when we have first performed our own parts. For the Spirit makes us cry, Abba, Father, inspires us with love both towards Him and towards our neighbour, that we may love one another. For love arises from
power, and from not fearing. For nothing is so apt to dissolve love as fear and a suspicion of treachery. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. He calls a healthy state of the soul a sound mind, or it may mean
sobriety of mind, or else a sobering of the mind, that we may be sober-minded, and that if any evil befall us, it may sober us, and cut off superfluities.”
Saint John Chrysostom, + 407 A.D.

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