Today’s observation will be different, because it will have no conclusion to it. I have not yet learned to find complete harmony between these two concepts.
The first one is this: many times in scripture, we are told to fear the LORD. In fact, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom! I will only list a couple verses here containing this exhortation, but there are dozens.
In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Another thing we are commanded to do is to love the LORD with all of our heart, soul, mind and might.
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
This all seems perfectly good and harmonious until we come to a verse in First John.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
So wait…this verse tells us that fear and love cannot exist together. Love will cast out fear. What does it all mean?
Maybe it’s saying that we as humans do not have a perfect love of God because if so we wouldn’t have to fear God.
I don’t think that is what it is though.
Maybe the key lies in that verse in Proverbs 8:13a, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil…”
I don’t really know for sure. I’m gonna be studying it in more depth, and then maybe I’ll come back and edit this. For now, what are the thoughts of my readers?