Most people define fear as a disturbing emotion due to danger, evil, or pain. If you do a search for images of fear creepy pictures appear.

When it comes to GOD, I never understood this concept because GOD is love. Why would GOD want us to feel this way? When people told me that I need to fear GOD I always felt that wasn’t right. GOD doesn’t want me to be afraid. I never, never, never understood that concept.

I decided to look up the actual definition of fear. Looking past the first few examples, I found a definition that doesn’t fit in with the others; reverential awe, especially toward God. This does not have anything to do with disturbing feelings due to danger, evil, or pain. Fear in God is to have reverential awe. Of course, I had to get the definitions of reverence and awe. Reverence is a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration, a gesture indicative of deep respect. Awe is an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand,sublime, extremely powerful, or the like. There’s that word again, fear, it even shows up in the definition for awe. But notice that next to fear is also the word admiration. Admiration is the feeling of wonder, pleasure or approval.

With all these definitions I’ve come to the realization that ‘FEARING’ God is not exactly what I thought it was. I am not supposed to be afraid of GOD. GOD does not want me to be afraid. The thoughts I am supposed to have towards GOD are an overwhelming deep respect and approval because God is sublime and pure love.
There are many, many believers that say that I must FEAR GOD; be afraid of doom. Everyone of those conversations led me to have bad feelings. Those conversations do exactly the opposite, they instill feelings of danger if you do not fear GOD. If I was afraid of GOD all my good actions towards people would be in vain. I would serve others only because I would be afraid of doom. Instead I serve others because I want to spread love.

These “Christians” portrayed a picture of GOD as being a big meany, the complete opposite of what GOD really stands for; LOVE. This is just one example of how Satan confuses believers. Satan instills fear; the wrong definition of fear. The one that lends confusion towards GOD. Let me say, GOD is not confusing. As soon as you feel confused about GOD, is the moment Satan is trying to lead you astray. Satan points every where but up.

What’s worse than all of this? Nothing really, but there are some side effects. For instance, fear sets in which leads to self doubt and not completely trusting yourself or GOD. Then that leads you to a place where love is absent or at least not completely there. Can you see how Satan works? Once you let fear in, your actions and decisions become based on fear. For example, I feared rejection. It was really hard for me to blog and then post to the world. I made the decision to stop fearing and publish out of love (it took some coaxing from a very nice lady). Eventually, I thought, “maybe, if I could help just one person, it will all be worth it. It is worth it and the proof is in the followers (the blessings of my work). Do not fear GOD in the essence of being afraid.

When we live in fear we create our own nightmare, we are never happy. When we live in love our dreams come true, we have happiness. Once our actions are based on love, we start to understand the oneness of GOD, as in GOD is everywhere and is everything. We can feel enlightened. Once our actions are based on love we stop hurting others. Once our actions are based on love we stop doubting and start trusting GOD and also ourselves. We start loving ourselves completely. Once we love ourselves completely we learn the love GOD has for us. All of our actions become based on love and we are at peace. We are one with GOD. All of a sudden, we are fulfilling our purpose on Earth. We stop wondering in a haze and start walking with a purpose and working with a purpose. We don’t need rules because when we live in love we are following the ultimate rule, the golden rule.

golden rule

Changing the way you see GOD will change YOU. Your actions will be based on love. Do not be afraid of GOD. Fear GOD with an awe, inspiring reverence. Admire GOD with reverential awe and know the pure love that is meant for you.

Please read this scripture.

1 Peter 2:17 (NKJV) Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 

Does it have new meaning to you? I hope it does.