Scared of God Versus the Fear of God

Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin. Exodus 20:20

There is a clear difference between being afraid of God and fearing God. John Bevere writes about this in his book Drawing Near. He shares a story in this work that illustrates the importance of living here in fear. I'll share part of it -

I will never forget visiting a well-known minister who was in prison for fraud. I questioned, "When did you fall out of love with Jesus?" He looked at me and said without hesitation, "I didn't!" Puzzled I replied, "But what about the fraud and adultery?" He said, "John, I loved God all the way through it, but I didn't fear Him."

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