How can we fear love? God is love. To be afraid of God is to believe a lie. Should we respect Him? yes. But, be afraid of Him? No.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it–wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
In yesterday’s post, we saw that fear was one of the obstacles to sensing the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit in a worship service. Knowing that fear is not apprehension of God, but awe and respect for Him helps us approach the subject with an open mind. Let’s dig deeper.
A big cause of fear of God is a misunderstanding of who Jesus is. Jesus did not come to stand in the gap between us and the Father–He IS the Father! John 10:30 says, “I and the Father are one.” Jesus is the exact representation of God, therefore, He represents how much God the Father loves us. Look at Hebrews 1:3,
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he [Jesus] had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
When we read John 3:16, we could read it as, “For God the Father loved the world so much that He came as the one and only Son... We cannot trust what we fear; Jesus came to demonstrate the Father’s love for us:
“Do your worst to Me; I will still love you–
in fact, I will go through death for you and
come out the other side so that you can, too!”
When we hold the Father/Jesus at arm’s length, we grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30). Jesus cleared the way for us to have a full and complete relationship with the Father. Everything is now about training, transforming, conforming and becoming:
- Training- Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25
- Transforming- And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
- Conforming- For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29
- Becoming- And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:22
If God partners with us and invest in us so much time and effort, does that not prove His intentions? He loves us and wants the best for us! All doubts and fears can be set aside in light of this great revelation. All He wants is for us to love Him back.
Abba, I wish that everyone in the whole world understood the truth about You. You are not Someone to fear (as in, terror); You love us with an everlasting love! Continue to reveal Your love to everyone, Abba. May I be Your ambassador. Amen.