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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
                                                                                 ~Proverbs 1:7

 

The question is often asked of us, "Why Fear God? Isnít He a loving God?"  That is a good question!  The answer depends on your relationship with Jesus.

 

A Dreadful Day

There is a fearful end awaiting men and women who have not received Godís free gift of salvation.  Every man, woman and child will stand before God on the great day of judgment and give an account for their life.  The fact of the matter is, all have sinned and come short of the standard God requires.   For those who have not received salvation through Jesus, this will be a day filled with terror on a level they have never known.

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.   
                                                                                     ~Hebrews 10:31 KJV

In contrast, those who have received Jesus as their savior are "saved" from this day of judgment because they have already been judged in Christ.  Again, all have sinned, but in the case of those who are "saved", the blood of Jesus is offered as acceptable payment for their sin.

 

Daddy Sir

But what about those who are "saved"?  The fear of the Lord still applies!  In this context, the fear of the Lord is not a terrifying thing, simply an ever present reminder that while we are forgiven through the blood of Jesus, we are still accountable before God for our actions.  In other words, the blood of Jesus is not a license to do as we please.   Would you live your life differently if you had to give the Father a complete accounting for your work at the end of each day? 

 

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

 

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