Weeks ago I preached on John 5:25-29 where Jesus speaks of the future judgment of all that have ever lived. As I prepared for the teaching, the Scriptures led me to be thinking on the value of having a healthy fear of God. Part of what I would consider having a healthy fear of God is understanding that God is a loving, caring Father and yet, is an authority to be revered and obeyed. These two seemingly opposite ideas of God are true at the same time. God loves, cares, provides, and nutures….and he corrects, guides, and disciplines.
Hebrews 12:7-11 (NIV)
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, ... Continue Reading.