The spirit of a slave; I was afraid. This ill affection toward God arose from his false notions of him; and nothing is more unworthy of God, no more hinders our duty to him, than slavish fear. This has bondage and torment, and is directly opposite to that entire love which the great commandment requires. Note, hard thoughts of God drive us from, and cramp us in his service. Those who think it impossible to please him, and in vain to serve him, will so nothing to purpose in religion.
Matthew Henry on the Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:25.