1 Peter 3:15 It is healthy to fear God

1 Peter 3:15
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
-Be ready to tell everyone about the Lord is what this verse is saying in a nutshell.  It makes sense that we should do that with meekness, but with fear also?  The world often has trouble understanding why a loving God would need to be met with fear.  Think about the people you have the most respect for in life; a father, a grandfather, a coach.  Isn’t there often some fear wrapped up in your relationship with that person?  You fear their authority and even more than that, you fear the idea of disappointing that person who has earned your love and respect.  The fear doesn’t contradict the love, it enhances it.  When we realize that the person we fear is also the person who is looking out for us and wants us to succeed, that’s love.  When we inevitably do disappoint that person and they still care for us afterward, that’s love.  So it is with God Almighty; we should fear His power and we should fear disappointing Him, but when we realized that He’s the One who is looking out for us and wants us to succeed, that’s love.

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