Sunday Reflex 1.12.14

Sunday Reflex 2


Psalm 130:3-4, “If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.”

What an interesting verse in light of what John says about fear in 1 John 4.  We talked about this verse in the message this past Sunday.  It’s really a bit of a conundrum.  John says perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18) but hear we see the Psalmist saying forgiveness, which is a demonstration of God’s love, actually inspires fear.  What gives?

The fear the Psalmist is referring to is a fear of God which is beneficial.  Anything that is bigger or more massive than us inspires fear and reverence.  Take for instance the movie scene where a guy stands up to another and the fear and awe it inspires when the guy he’s standing up to is two feet taller than him.

The Psalmist is saying that when God forgives us it so massive, so complete, so awe inspiring, that it actually humbles us is a fearful position before Him.

When John writes about fear he says the reason we don’t know the love of God is because we associate fear with punishment.  We associate fear with harm.  This is not the fear God’s love is supposed to inspire.

As noted in our sermon, the full wrath of God was poured out on Jesus on behalf of our sins, there is none left.  So our fear in the midst of God’s forgiveness inspires us to live in gratitude, generosity, and gladness- not dread, guilt, or shame.

And remember don’t let the fear of doing what God made you to do settle for what you can do.


One thought on “Sunday Reflex 1.12.14

  1. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. For we do not commend our selves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that is One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:9-15 The forgiveness of sins awakens within us the knowledge of God’s holy displeasure against sin and so we strive to live lives well pleasing to Him. Apart from God’s forgiveness of sins through faith in Christ we would have no transforming knowledge of the depravity of sin, and God’s wrath against sin, and so would not see ourselves as sinners nor God as our holy enemy. God bless you:)

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