It is unfashionable to fear God in a literal sense. Love is in; fear is out. Yet this article claims that "those who have never trembled from head to toe will never know God's perfect love." What is the fear of the Lord? Are we missing something without it? What does it have to do with God's love or our spirituality?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 19:9; 111:10; Isaiah 8:12–13; Matthew 10:28; Romans 11:20–22; 1 Corinthians 10:11–12; Hebrews 10:31; 1 John 4:18
• The Issue
How does it make you feel to think of God as someone to be feared?
Can we love and fear God at the same time? If so, how?
• The Scriptures
1 John 4:18: How do we reconcile this verse with the idea that we must fear God to know his perfect love?
Romans 11:20–22: What attribute or aspect of God does Paul indicate should cause us to fear the Lord?
• The Application
Sample application points:
How can we, as fellow Christians, help one another to obtain a united heart?
How can we encourage others to fear God?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Fearing God, by William D. Eisenhower (CHRISTIANITY TODAY, March 1986, 5 printed pages).
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