The fear of God is the death of every other fear; like a mighty lion, it chases all other fears before it.
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
Remember that Christ’s commandment not to be conformed to the world is the consequence of his commandment to be conformed to himself. ‘Thus did I not’ comes second; ‘this one thing I do’ comes first. You will misunderstand the whole genius of the gospel if you suppose that, as a law of life, it is perpetually pulling men short up, and saying: don’t, don’t, don’t! There is a Christianity of that sort which is mainly prohibition and restriction, but it is not Christ’s Christianity. He begins by enjoining: ‘This do in remembrance of me,’ and the man that has accepted that commandment must necessarily say, as he looks out on the world, and its practices: ‘So did I not because of the fear of God.’
Alexander Maclaren, Expositions of Holy Scripture: Second Kings, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1977), 369.
We fear men so much, because we fear God so little.
William Gurnall (1617-1679)
Wisdom… consists in the active fear of God and the practice of holiness.
John Owen, Biblical Theology, p. 647