Forgiveness – A Prerequisite to Proper Fear

Until a person knows the forgiveness of God based on the blood of the everlasting covenant, he will never rightly fear God. He may be terrified of God; he may have a dread of God, but that terror and dread will drive him away from God. The fear of God couched in the consciousness of forgiveness is a fear that causes us to draw near to God and to cling to Him and His ways… [T]he fear of God is the holy soil that produces a godly life.

– Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, 111-12