from the pastor’s heart…
Grace has many stanzas, only one song, and an beautiful finale.
Submission of the heart begins in real fear –
…they do not change, [because] they do not fear God. Psalm 55:19 (NKJV)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; Psalm 111:10; Prov. 9:10 (NKJV)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, Proverbs 15:33 (NKJV)
By the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. Proverbs 16:6 (NKJV)
The fear of the LORD leads to life, Proverbs 19:23 (NKJV)
He will be the sure foundation… a rich store of salvation, wisdom, knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6 (NIV)
Submission of the heart is made perfect in real love –
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.
But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 (NKJV)
“WHEN GRACE CHANGES THE HEART,
submission out of fear changes to submission out of love, and true humility is born.”
Oh, the wonders and transformation of being Saved by Grace! —Pastor Gary