Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bunyan: fear of God

Saturday, October 11, 2014
    Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
    turning a man from the snares of death.
    —Proverbs 14:27 (NIV)
    Let God’s distinguishing love to you be a motive to you to fear Him greatly. He hath put His fear in thy heart, and hath not given that blessing to thy neighbour; perhaps not to thy husband, thy wife, thy child, or thy parent. O what an obligation should this consideration lay upon thy heart greatly to fear the Lord! Remember also... that this fear of the Lord is His treasure, a choice jewel, given only to favourites, and to those that are greatly beloved.
    ... John Bunyan (1628-1688), A Treatise on the Fear of God [1679], in The Whole Works of John Bunyan, v. I, pt. 2, Glasgow: Blackie, 1862, p. 479 (see the book)
    See also Pr. 14:27; Deut. 6:1-2,24; 10:20-21; 1 Sam. 12:24; Job 28:28; Ps. 19:9; 22:23; 111:10; 115:11-13; 118:4; Pr. 1:7; 8:13; 9:10; Jer. 5:23-24; Acts 9:31
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant the fear of the Lord to _____ and ____, that they may turn and follow You.
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