Love and Fear

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Love and Fear

January 17, 2021

Kale Booher

Is fear always a bad thing? It depends on how you define it, and what you fear. Across the pages of the Bible, we see that the “fear of the Lord” is actually a good thing. It’s the love of Christ that saves us and transforms us, but the fear of the Lord can motivate us toward greater obedience.




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Jesus brings heart transformation, not just behavior modification.

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.

2 Corinthians 5:11

Why do we not seek to persuade others?
1) Religion is a matter of opinion
2) We just don’t think about it
3) Fear

You will be driven either by the fear of man or the fear of God.

But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.

2 Corinthians 5:11

We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart.

2 Corinthians 5:12

For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.

2 Corinthians 5:13

14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Experiencing God’s love changes everything.