Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Some Fear is Extremely Healthy, Some is Not

Bonhoeffer points out that a preacher of the gospel will either be motivated or hindered by fear. The question we must ask is what kind of fear characterizes our everyday lives? Bonhoeffer reflecting on Matthew 10:26-28 writes,
They must not fear men. Men can do them no harm, for the power of men ceases with the death of the body. But they must overcome the fear of death with the fear of God. The danger lies not in the judgement of men, but in the judgement of God, not in the death of the body but in the eternal destruction of body and soul. Those who are still afraid of men have no fear of God, and those who have fear of God have ceased to be afraid of men. All preachers of the gospel will do well to recollect this saying daily.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, 218

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

This is very timely. My husband is on post at Ft. Hood under the lock down (again!). He is okay. But this quote is perfect for my heart right now. Thank you for posting!