READ: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” Mt 10.28.

THINK: Fear of God is a starting point in all the Bible, Deut 8.6; 1 Pet 2.17, the beginning of wisdom, Psa 111.10; Prov 1.7; 9.10. It includes respect, reverence, and fear. Fear is show by obedience to God. It is associated with judgment, Rev 14.7, with praise, Heb 12.28, and with evangelism, 2 Cor 5.11. Continue reading

self loveLove for self is one of the main values of our pagan society. Its essence is satisfaction of one’s desires and impulses, at the expense of one’s neighbor. Supposedly, he who loves his life seeks what is best. Christians misuse the second greatest commandment as evidence of this borrowed and sanitized value.

Now, there does exist in the Bible a bit of evidence of self love:

The one who acquires wisdom loves himself;
the one who preserves understanding will prosper.
Proverbs 19:8 NET Continue reading

In marriage, a man and woman abandon their interests in other people to dedicate themselves exclusively and totally to each other. When God becomes our Lord, something similar happens. This was true of Israel, and Moses’ words apply to Christ’s people today:

Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you except to revere him, to obey all his commandments, to love him, to serve him with all your mind and being.
Deut. 10:12 NET

Many call themselves Christians, many say they’re religious, but it’s all in vain if they do not serve God above all others and with all their being. It’s just a lie to think that one can conduct one’s life as others do and still receive God’s approval.

It must be said that, as the Israelites did, many play at religion. They don’t take God’s word seriously. They don’t know his will. They impose on the Lord their own ideas. They carry God in their pocket and pull him out only when it serves their desires. Maybe they say a little prayer now and again, or do some good work sometime, but their life as a whole is dedicated to a home-made idol. They obey only those divine laws they find convenient.

So the great question is: Does the Bible verse above describe my life? Or the previous paragraph?

Lord God of Israel and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, make me to discover my duties toward you. Teach me to fear and love you.