Perhaps they're responding to times past when God's wrath was overemphasized, but we can also under-emphasize it.
These three aspects of God's character should instill godly fear* in us:
1. His Holiness
God is not flawed in any way. He doesn't make mistakes. Everything He does is pure, good and right (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
2. His Authority
No one tells God what to do. Nothing is beyond His jurisdiction.
- He alone has the power of life and death (Deuteronomy 32:39)
- He alone has the ability to save and destroy (John 14:6, Acts 4:12; Luke 12:4-5)
God is all-knowing and all-wise (Isaiah 40:12-31).
- He defines right from wrong (Isaiah 33:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
- He always knows what's best for us (Psalm 139).
To do a short Bible study on this devotion, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study. It contains 3 fill-in-the-blank questions are answered in 5 Characteristics of God-Fearers.