The Love and Fear of God 1 John : Part of the Godly Man series
The Bible says "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." (Psalm ) (Jeremiah ) Deliberate sin takes place when the fear of God is missing. Not only that, but fear the Lord." What an incredible connection. The Interesting Relationship Between Fear and Love Since the word love actually describes God Himself (1 John ), it's important that we. I suppose I mainly fear God and try to do things that I think will please Him, but I know the Bible also tells us to love Him, and I have a hard time.
They also have the "fear" of discipline should they choose to push the limits and disobey. That is not a bad fear. It actually is a very necessary part of family life.
The Bible says "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To fear the Lord is to fear His wrath against sin, which is mighty and just. Those who die outside of God's family will be severely punished for their sins in the next life, while those who are in His family through faith in Christ receive His loving discipline at times here on earth.
When God's people were "doing their own thing" in the Old Testament, they were told, "Should you not fear me? Not only that, but deliberate sin takes a person even further away from the fear of the Lord.
The Fear of the Lord and the Love of God
That is a deadly place where callous hearts engage in sin and hardly even notice their transgression, let alone tremble before God over their behavior. Jesus talked about the fear of God. He said, "I tell you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him. It happened in the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve lost their reverence for God's commands.
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As a result, they lost their way and they temporarily lost the fear of God. Have you ever had the fear of the Lord in your heart? Have you ever been afraid of breaking His commands? If not, you are missing out on something you critically need to experience. Without this fear, you will tend to go through life thinking it's no big deal to disobey God. You will be far more concerned about disobeying a police officer than disobeying your Creator.
The Bible gives us many examples of people who lacked the fear of the Lord. We are told in Proverbs 1: Ultimate knowledge is linked here to the fear of the Lord. Do you realize what this means? Anyone without this godly fear is someone who tends to hate spiritual knowledge, at least when it involves true spiritual knowledge.
The Interesting Relationship Between Fear and Love - COGWA Members
Folks like this don't hate knowledge in many other realms of life, but they do tend to hate the message of repentance in the Bible. One reason is due to the fact that Christianity involves a person admitting he or she is a sinner before God. That message goes against our pride, and all of us by nature don't like admitting our sin one bit. Only the Holy Spirit can convict us of our sin see John What would you say about a child who has no concern over whether or not he obeys his parents?
Assuming he is in his right mind, we would say that such a child does not truly love his parents.
Loving God, Fearing God
What about in the spiritual realm? We will pay attention to Him because He is so awesomely important. Our reverence should not be one of fearfulness where we want to run away but a good healthy awe which creates a desire to serve.
This fearful aspect has been taken away because that final dread and terror of the Judgment Day is now gone. Christ's redemption through the cross and resurrection has overcome their enemy and canceled 2 out the power of death and judgment 3. Without the knowledge of Christ, fear reigns, but with the love of God through Christ, grace reigns. Love and fear are similar in that they are both motivational.
The love of God motivates me to obey God because I please Him. The fear of God motivates me to obey Him even when I do not care for God. Jonathan Edwards has referred to this as an equalizing balance in the Christian's obedience to God. They are both necessary and important depending where we are in our relationship with God. He did not infer that one was lesser and the other greater. He did not say that the fear of God was no longer present.
The fact is that unless we fear God, we cannot know the love of God. The fear of God is a normal and healthy response to God when our love is not completely perfected. We might have some concern as to what consequences God might bring upon our lives if we disobey Him. If it was based on fear, then it would not be based on a trusting relationship.
However, the fear of God is based on trust and therefore is good and healthy. Through His fear we trust Him to guard our lives from the worse and bring us to receive what is good. When we have this understanding of God, it keeps us from lots of troubles. We can trust God for a 'sting' when wrong is done so that we are kept from further wrong.
The fear of God builds trust and deepens relationship. The love of God gives us a great affection for God which again is based on trust. We expose ourselves to Him because we have great confidence in God's care and guidance over our lives. We are willing to take risks because we trust Him, even though what He asks of us seems foolish or dangerous.