fear of god - but why if he's all loving?
By Tiffany Kennedy
September 9, 2020
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2 Corinthians 11:1-15
“Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people.” Psalm 50:3-4
Having grown up in a Christian home, I have always appreciated God’s loving characteristics, but something that is more uncomfortable for me to accept and think about in my daily life is that God is also just and we will all stand before Him one day to account for every single action we have taken in this life. Let’s just pause for a moment and let that fully sink in. How can we live each day with that in mind?
In Isaiah, we are reminded of God’s fierce and swift judgement, and that He can only tolerate sin for so long (Isaiah 3:1-26). It is a humble reminder that we must rely on Him for the strength, will and devotion to serve Him wholeheartedly. In my personal life, I have been reminded of the importance of not only accepting Christ’s sacrifice for my sins, but obeying out of love and true fear of the Lord in order to avoid taking that sacrifice for granted.
What sorrow for those who say
that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,
that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
— Isaiah 5:20
Prayer to start with: Dear God, thank you so much for inviting us into a relationship with you. Give us an undying passion for your Word and bear fruit in our lives that points others to you. Help us to know and understand your Word fully, so that we can discern when a teaching is inspired by You and not be led astray by any unsound doctrine. I pray that you will reveal your character to us daily, and give us a renewed sense of fearing You more than what others think of us. Amen.