Afraid? Or Not Afraid?

proverbs_8480c“The fear of God which is the soul of godliness does not consist, however, in the dread which is produced by the apprehension of God’s wrath. When the reason for such dread exists, then to be destitute of it is the sign of hardened ungodliness. But the fear of God that is the basis of godliness, and in which godliness may be said to consist, is much more inclusive and determinative than the fear of God’s judgment. . . . The fear of God in which godliness consists is the fear which constrains adoration and love. It is the fear which consists in awe, reverence, honour and worship, and all of these on the highest level of exercise.” (John Murray, Principles of Conduct, p. 236).

From the reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC.

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