Re: Verse reading–2 Corinthians 5:11-21; 1 Peter 3:15-16; Colossians 4:2-6 (day seven)
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something is more important than fear.”–Franklin Roosevelt.
It is a virtue ignored in the modern world. Dismissed. Sometimes, even by believers. The fear of God! A holy self-suspicion. A fear of God’s unbending and coming and holy judgement on our lives and choices. A fear of offending Him, or making (and believing) excuses. Not alarm and anxiety, but assurance of mercy offered to those who serve Him with sincerity. Our Re: Verse passage this week says, “Knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men.”–2 Corinthians 5:11. Do we? Do we know this fear as a real and motivating experience? Does it MOVE our hearts and DISLODGE our silence? Does it cause us to face our fear of rejection because we fear something ever worse? Is Paul alone here or do we also know the fear of the Lord?