"T'was grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved."I feel what is being said in that line, because I actually experienced it.
I went again with Matt to the streets of York today, taking this topic of fear, and beginning to ask people, "What is your biggest fear?" My verse was taken from Matthew 10:28, and I read it to as many people as I could.
There was even a small group of homeless men that listened to me speak for about 10 minutes or less at the park benches near the market. One of them argued that we are not supposed to fear God if we are Christians. Another said it means respect.
Later, a limping man said that this is what York needs to hear right now, after I explained the resurrection of Christ and God's great power to save. (Pray for Will, he accepted a New Testament from Matt).
One reason this verse was so relevant in York is because of the recent shootout between young men that killed a 9 year old girl.
The girl was the daughter of an extremely murderous and vile million-dollar Philly drug dealer, who is currently locked up in Philadelphia. The man ordered the deaths of at least one family of witnesses, even having their little children and baby murdered without regret.
York also recently had a rally of locals marching in protest against all the killings related to drugs and violence.
That is why this verse was so relevant for tonight... and may it be for us all.
"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28
Truly there is only One to Whom we owe all fear.
Download here this excellent sermon preached Sunday by Pastor Mark Leoffert: The Fear of God