No fear but godly fear

1 John 4:18. . .”There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
Ever wonder what makes a man humble enough to realize his need for God in his life, thus leading him to accept Christ as his Lord & Saviour? It’s the fear of God. Most people nowadays don’t fear God because they don’t believe that a loving God would send them to hell.

But remember, God is love but He’s also holy and perfect, meaning He has to judge sin. He’s either going to judge us by the law or by grace. If judged by the law, no one stands because everyone will be found guilty, except for His Son, Jesus Christ who had no sin took our sins upon Himself so that we might inherit the righteous of God (since our righteousness is filthy rags compared to His).

Those that accept Jesus as Lord & Saviour are cleansed by the blood He shed for them 2000 years ago because there is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood.

Anyway, to get back on subject, all through the book of Proverbs it says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A fear that leads to a sense of awe & respect. It doesn’t mean that you fear God will send you to hell. That’s the fear that leads you to the Cross. Once you’ve been saved, or born-again, through repentance & faith in the Blood of Christ, you should no longer fear hell because when you’re in perfect union with a loving God, it casts out fear and replaces it with love.

Good works don’t get you to heaven, but good works need to be present in the life of a born-again person. Do you obey the commandments of God because you fear He’ll send you to hell, or do you obey them ’cause you’re hoping to gain something from Him? If you’ve truly come to know God through Christ (John 14:6) then you should be obeying God because you love Him because you realize your sinful condition and what He’s done for you so that you may have eternal life. You can only do this if you have God’s divine nature inside of you, which comes when you ask Jesus into your heart and life.

Thought to ponder the rest of the week: Examine your good works and ask yourself why you do them. Is it because you love God or are you hoping to earn something from Him? If it’s the latter, you need to be willing to turn from your sins (repent) and trust in Jesus to be yourpersonal Lord & Saviour.