His slave or His child?

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His slave or His child?
'In the fear of God, we respect his righteous judgements, but even that aspect of fear of God should not be slavish or a servile fear. Sinclair Ferguson has made the helpful distinction between servile fear and filial fear. The word servile comes from the Latin servus which means slave, while finial is from the word filius, meaning son. Ferguson explained servile fear as the kind of fear which a slave would feel towards a harsh and unyielding master.
 
We believers are apt to fall into servile fear if we don't fully understand the grace of God and his acceptance of us through Christ. If we believe we're in a performance relationship with God, then he can seem to be a hard taskmaster whom we can never please. We'll see him as the divine ogre ready to judge us for every last failure to live up to his rules. We might never express our fear in such a bold term, but such a feeling lurks deep within the hearts of many Christians.
 
In contrast to servile fear, filial fear is the loving fear of a child towards his father. It's what Sinclair Ferguson described as that indefinable mixture of reverence, fear, pleasure, joy and awe that fills our hearts when we realize who God is and what he has done for us. This is the only true fear of God. We create that reverence and fear when we focus on the holiness and greatness of God, when we exalt in the infinite wisdom of God, and most of all when our hearts are filled with pleasure and joy as we gaze upon the breath and length and height and depth of the love of God revealed to us through Christ Jesus.'
 
My loving Father in heaven, as your chosen child, I praise and honor you. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you not are not ashamed to be my brother. Thank you for being a merciful and faithful Son and that because of you, I might live eternally with God.
 
You, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name. Isaiah 63:16
 
 
*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
 
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Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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