And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Today’s society has changed things so that it seems as if the birds to shoot shotguns. Many parents are afraid to discipline their children because they are taught in school that they can report them for child abuse. Some preachers fear to talk about certain biblical truths for not to offend those who do not like that their preferences are being cataloged as sin. There will come a day when many keep silent for fear of losing their life. Matthew 10:28 tells us to fear only one who can send us to hell.
Some people may mistakenly think that who can destroy both soul and body in hell is the devil. And that belief comes because we have painted the enemy as the lord of the place of eternal torment. But really only God, as the Supreme Judge is the only one who can sentence us to everlasting perdition. Therefore, the only good and valid fear is the fear of God. Whatever we do for Jesus’ sake and the gospel is not as bad as spending eternity in hell.
But the fear of God is not living terrified just to mention his name. In Proverbs 8:13 we read: The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. To fear God is to hate evil, is giving up sin, which takes us out of sure road to hell. Proverbs 16:6 reaffirms saying: In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.
The Bible repeats several times that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. An example is Psalm 111:10, which says: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. Likewise, the same concept is presented in Job 28:28, Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10. In Proverbs 15:33 reaffirms saying: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
Many other things the Bible tells us about the fear of God. Among them tells us that prolongs life (Proverbs 10:27), is strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26), it is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27) and is our treasure (Isaiah 33: 6). In all these passages we can see that the fear of God is something that suits us and benefits. Some people, who feel the word fear sounds very strong, they prefer to be spoken to have respect for God. You can say about it that we have a reverent fear of Him.
From the above it appears that the fear of God should be our lifestyle. In Proverbs 23:17-18 says: Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; for surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off. It never minds that the world’s people walk defying God and mocking His Word. His children must stand firm in respect to our Heavenly Father.
Finally, Paul describes the usefulness of the fear of God in 2 Corinthians 7:1: Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. The Word is clear when it says that without holiness no man shall see God. We should be perfecting holiness in the fear of God. For this reason, we heed the Lord’s words in Matthew 10:28. God bless you.