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. - 1 John 4:18
The “fear of God” negatively is the terror of His punishment. Positively, to fear God is to revere, respect, honor and adore Him as the Most High. One who understands God’s perfect love, and whose love for Him is increasingly perfected, does not live in the dread of God’s wrath. “Our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:9). For those who don’t understand His perfect love, that fire represents the worst of terrors. But the people who receive the perfection of His love find the fire warming, energizing and overwhelming the darkness.
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