Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fruitful Fear

"Be wise in thy latter end… The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil" (Proverbs 19:20,23).  "One of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God?... And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:39-43). 

There is a truth that's obvious: 
Our lifetime on this earth shall end. 
The fear of God imparts to us
A foresight we should comprehend.

Eternity is drawing near;
The Word of God instructs us well
And wisely guides us by His fear
To find His Hiding Place from hell. 

The malefactor on the cross
Who trusted in the Lord was wise. 
His sins were purged away as dross,
And he would be in paradise. 

We see the fruitful fear, O Lord,
By which You motivate the lost
To find salvation's great reward,
Rejoicing that You paid the cost!  

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