Love Brings Life, Reverence
And now, Israel, what does the
Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to
him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul, and to observe the Lordâ€™s commands and decrees that I am giving you
today for your own good? Deu 10:12-13
To fear God is to revere Him. It
is what I like to call â€śhealthy fearâ€ť that stems from love rather than being
afraid (it is difficult to love someone when you are perpetually terrified of
For a vibrant, thriving
relationship with God, we must have both love and reverence going hand-in-hand.
A renowned minister of the gospel
who ended up in jail was asked by another minister who visited him about his deviance
that landed him in prison and his reply was â€śIt is not that I do not love God,
I love Him wholeheartedly. It is just that I do not fear Him enough.â€ť
Love is like the fuel in the
combustion chamber of the engine â€“ it keeps the vehicle going. Reverence on the other hand is like the
boundaries of the combustion chamber so that the fuel can burn effectively. In
fact, Jesus simplified this passage of Scripture into one line, â€śIf you love
Me, keep My commandmentsâ€ť.
Love Him. Revere Him.