Today's encouragement comes from Matthew 10:28, where our Lord Jesus said this:
"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Practically-speaking, fear is a big issue everyone must face everyday. Will we fear men; or will we fear God? If we fear men, then we will not fear God; and if we fear God, then we will not fear men. Do we have faith in Christ? Do we really believe the soul is of infinite value? Do we believe that this present body will someday die; and that it will be resurrected? If so, then why do we fear man?
Failure to fear God will certainly, in the end, turn out to be much more fright-ening, than anything a human being could bring our way. Let us trust Christ, love Him, and fear Him.
[Puritan quote of the day: "As the restraint of a sin is gladness to a godly man, so falling into a sin is a matter of trouble, sorrow, and tears to him.”
—Christopher Love, in, "The Mortified Christian"]