Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Owen: a desirable fear

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    Commemoration of Douglas Downes, Founder of the Society of Saint Francis, 1957
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
    and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.
    —Proverbs 16:6 (ESV)
    That fear which keeps from sin and excites the soul to cleave more firmly to God, be the object of it what it will, is no servile fear, but a holy fear and due reverence unto God and His word.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), IV.5 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 461 (see the book)
    See also Prov. 16:6; Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:4-5; 2 Cor. 5:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen my belief in You, so that I may fear You only.
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