I came across this word and wrote about it in one of my daily devotions (read it here).
I think that it is an important word because it helps us identify unhealthy religious behavior.

Fearing God can often start out as something healthy and morph into something toxic and bad for us. As the Apostle John writes: "whoever fears has not reached perfection in love". I strive to be more perfect in love and more rejecting of fearfuls ways.


  1. To Fear the Lord has always been a strange phrase to me. I guess the respect is what fear is.
    To be full of love and compassion is far better than fearing retribution all the time.

    1. So true Sue. To fear divine retribution is to not know God very well.


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