“Child of God, thou that fearest God, here is mercy nigh thee, mercy enough, everlasting mercy upon thee.
This is long-lived mercy. It will live longer than thy sin, it will live longer than temptation, it will live longer than thy sorrows, it will live longer than thy persecutors.
It is mercy from everlasting to contrive thy salvation, and mercy to everlasting to weather it out with all thy adversaries.
Now what can hell and death do to him that hath this mercy of God upon him? And this hath the man that feareth the Lord.
Take that other blessed word, and O thou man that fearest the Lord, hang it like a chain of gold about thy neck—’As the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him’ (Psalm 103:11).
If mercy as big, as high, and as good as heaven itself will be a privilege, the man that feareth God shall have a privilege.
Dost thou fear God?—’Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him’ (Psalm 103:13).”
–John Bunyan, “A Treatise on the Fear of God,” in The Works of John Bunyan, ed. George Offer, 3 vols. (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1991), 1: 470.
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