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
We often fear the wrong things. We are often Fearful of conflict, suffering, loss of good things or loss of respect and acceptance. These are true to the worldly perspective because they are all worldly and temporary. I don’t mean all those are bad but are all temporary. These are good gifts from God but they do not last. Neither they should determine our identity and security.
The problem with these worldly fear is that it will compel us to play it safe. We won’t be able to take risks for God. We cannot live a radical life in our callings. We will fear instead of being willing to make hard choices of following Jesus. All those things will unknowingly turn into idols and we cannot let them go off.
We don’t need to be afraid of anything because in 1 John 4:18 it says “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” BUT we do need to fear our God with a holy reverence. This kind of fear is an aspect of faith that responds to God’s holiness, sovereignty and transcendence. It leads us in awe of God in adoration and worship of our creator and redeemer. This is a reverential fear coming out of love and adoration for who he is what he has done for us on the cross ➕.
What should we fear apart from the Holy God who forgives the sins of unholy men like us? What can be taken from us? Our possessions, treasures and reputations are all temporary anyway. We might be rejected, hated but are accepted by this holy God. God loves us with an everlasting love. What is there in this life to fear about? A quote from Pandita Ramabai has changed my perspective towards fear. She said, “A life totally committed to God has nothing to lose, nothing to regret and nothing to fear.”
The fear we need to maintain and cultivate is a holy and reverential fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom and good understanding.