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What Does It Mean to Fear God?

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

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What Does It Mean to Fear God?

"What does it mean to fear God? Modern people tend to associate the word fear with things that intend to harm us. Is that the posture God wants from Christians? Dr. John Frame discusses what it really means for Christians to fear God." from video introduction

Fearing God Is a Matter of the Heart

"The Heart’s Inclinations

The fear of God is not a state of mind you can guarantee with five easy steps. It is not something that can be acquired with simple self-effort. The fear of God is a matter of the heart.

How easily we can mistake the reality of the fear of God for an outward and hollow show! As Martin Luther put it: “To fear God is not merely to fall upon your knees. Even a godless man and a robber can do that.”1Scripture presents the fear of God as a matter of the heart’s inclinations. So, reads Psalm 112:1,

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!

The one who fears the Lord, then, is not merely one who grudgingly attempts the outward action of keeping the Lord’s commandments. The one who truly fears the Lord greatly delights in God’s commandments!." from the article: Fearing God Is a Matter of the Heart

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