Fear God? Does Love Cast Out Fear?

There are two kinds of fear. 

Bad fear is based on false values and unnecessary worries.

Good fear is based on a reasonable understanding of danger, power, circumstances and consequences.

Proverbs 9:10, Fear the Lord
It's healthy fear when a woman chooses a well-lit street instead of the back-alley way home. It's healthy fear when a man drives more carefully on icy roads. 

There's also healthy and unhealthy fear in our relationship with God.

Perfect love casts out bad fear (1 John 4:18) because we know that Jesus will never forsake us, leave us, or harm us. 

But perfect love instills a healthy fear of the Lord in us - a fear that is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 147:11).

Sometimes people define this as reverence but it's more than that.

It's a combination of love, awe, and dependence built on an accurate knowledge of God's power. 

It's knowing we are but small boats on the powerful ocean of His loving will.

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