For the longest time I’ve struggled to understand the fear of God. Mostly the struggle revolves around fear debilitating someone. In the Bible, the idea is that love casts out fear.
When someone loves you, you have no fear of them – in the sense that they will always be there to support you. They will bring justice and stand up for you when an offense happens against you.
We overlook the truth that consequences will happen when we offend and step across the line.
We are trusting that the one who says there are consequences will be able to fulfil their promises of judgment against those who offend us.
If we truly believe in justice, we will have to believe that justice works equally. If we are negligent in our own duties, we can expect the consequences.
The flip side of loving trust is justified fear?