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Fear of God

​I have always struggled with the concept of fearing God. Why should I fear someone who loves me unconditionaly? Until recently, I classified it as an Old Testament concept, like the law. We have Jesus so we no longer have to fear God, right?

​But the more I read my Bible, the more I realize my thinking was wrong. It seems contradictory to both love and fear someone, but the Creator of the Universe is no regular someone. God knows all and sees all, all of the time. He has always been and always will be. His thoughts are not our thoughts, and we will never comprehend him completely.

​Fire is a good example of something we need but should have a healthy fear and respect for. Is it a coincidence that God is referred to as a “devouring fire” in Hebrews? A healthy fear of God is necessary for a healthy relationship with Him. If we fear and respect His ultimate power in our lives it will give us hope, and a faith that is stronger than we can imagine.

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