What is the difference between fearing God and loving God? To fear is to have a reverence for and also to be afraid of. To love is to have affection for and also to have a commitment toward. We should both love God and fear God. I had a great dad who I loved very much but I also would tremble with fear if I thought I had done something I shouldn’t. He never abused me but he certainly disciplined me. I was fearful of my dad but I loved him very much.
In 1 Peter 2:17 we read: Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17 NKJV) Our proper relationship with all people should be that we honor them, that is show them kindness and respect regardless of whether they deserve it. Our proper relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ is to love them. Not just have affection for them but to have a bond of commitment to them that goes beyond the needs of today. Our proper relationship with God is to fear Him. To have reverence for God. To be in awe of Him. But also to fear God, knowing what He will do with those who refuse His grace and kindness.
I have observed families where the children were too afraid of their dad. It was quite unhealthy as the children had no concept of grace or love only of the terrible punishment that would fall upon them it they stepped out of line. I have also observed families with completely lack of discipline. The result was children who had no respect for authority of any kind. It fell to their teachers in school or sunday school to teach them to be respectful. God is our Father and He is perfect. If we learn to respect God, to fear Him then it will be no problem to show respect for others as must.
A healthy fear of God will also keep us from sin. Jesus said: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! (Luke 12:5 NKJV) We should take this warning to heart. Fear God. Revere Him.
Who is My Brother? - Broadcast for April 11, 2013 When we ministered in India several young men I met called me uncle. In Israel I expressed friendship with an Arab man and he immediately kissed my cheek and called me brother. Then he held my...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The Spirit of Jonah - Broadcast for April 10. 2013 God said to Jonah: "Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you." (Jonah 3:2 NLT) Jonah finally went and declared the word of the Lord and then waited...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Honor All - Broadcast for April 9, 2013 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17 NKJV) This is the instruction given by Peter the Apostle. To honor is to give value to, to esteem, to show reverence. You...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Honor and Submit - Broadcast for April 8, 2013 I was a single parent with four young children. The boys were a bit of a handful at times and I would admonish them everytime I took them somewhere: be good. Sometimes I think they took that as a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Therefore Complain - Broadcast for April 5, 2013 One day someone asked me how I was doing, so I told him. He asked again the next I saw him and I told him again, all my troubles. He quit asking me after that. I realized that I was complaining a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Honorable Conduct - Broadcast for April 4, 2013 Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran for converting from Islam to Christ. He has been given opportunity to deny Christ but He has refused. In his trial Saeed has conducted himself honorably and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Abstain- Broadcast for April 3, 2013 Recently several politicians views on gay marriage have evolved. The public opinion has begun to change on this issue so now politicians think it safe to come out in favor of homosexual marriage. This puts...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
His Own Special People - Broadcast for April 2, 2013 My work has taken me around the world where I've fellowshipped in hundreds of churches. I love the warmth and love you find with God's people that transcends language and culture. In Russia,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Holy Nation - Broadcast for April 1, 2013 I took a tour into Jordan to see Petra. What an amazing trip and how different it was from my other travel experience. I had just spent two weeks in Israel where many of the citizens were armed...[ abbreviated | read entire ]