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Fear and Love God

The bible tells us that we should fear God, but why should we fear Him? Isn’t God love? How can we fear and love God?

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18 NKJV

What people don’t realize, is there is a difference between being afraid of God and fearing God.

Fearing God means to be in awe of God and to want to serve Him.

In Exodus 20 we read of when Moses went up the mountain to spend face to face with God for 40 days and receive the 10 commandments.

All the people, experiencing the thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast and the smoking mountain, were afraid—they pulled back and stood at a distance.

Exodus 20:18 MSG

The difference between Moses and the Israelites was, he feared God (he wanted to be close to God) and the Israelites was afraid of God (they ran away) from Him.

What you fear, you will serve.

John Bevere once said, “If you fear man you will end up serving man, if you fear God you will end up serving God.”

The Israelites feared being left without a leader and made a golden calf to worship – they feared something other than God and started serving it.

Moses on the other hand, feared being without God and served God and worshipped Him.

The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 19:23 NKJV

Fearing God and being in awe of Him will lead you to life in God.

God will abide in those who abide in Him.