You may have heard that you should “fear God,” but what does that mean? Is it a kind of fear you get when a giant wasp starts flying around your head or when you find yourself alone in a dark forest in the middle of the night? That can be horrifying.
No, it is a healthy fear. Like fear of falling off a towering cliff or the fear when you have extreme pain that tells you when there is something wrong with your body. That fear can save your life.
Jesus said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
Wow, now that is a good fear. God wants you to fear Him and obey His commands. He warns you not to live in sin that He may save your soul from death and hell.
If you are standing next to a cliff, on the verge of life or death, all that matters is that you are careful not to slip and fall. That knowledge and fear will keep you safe from certain death.
The fear of the Lord will save your soul from eternal death. So turn to His Word, the Bible, and to Jesus that you may not fall into sin and disobedience to His commands.
Jesus knows what He is talking about. It is good to listen to His wisdom and instruction. It will save your soul.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” John 14:15,21