Fear is not exactly what we appreciate in our western culture. If at all possible, we would remove the word from our vocabulary. In reality, however, we are in the midst of fear. Unfortunately it is mostly bad fear that we face. Then we must ask ourselves what would life be if fear were absent? Some Christians believe that perfect love eliminates fear (I John 4:18). Only, who among us is perfect?
According to the Bible, there is also good fear. Fear aids us in our choices and actions. Fear warns us of pros and cons. Fear puts limits on what we can and cannot do. There are degrees of fear, like being punished for breaking a law, or doing something that may alienate a friend or mate. The highest level of fear is to fear God for He has power over our souls beyond death (Matthew 10:26-28; Luke 12:4-5). Fear purifies us and makes to love others, and God more holy (II Corinthians 7:11). Even mercy needs some fear (Jude 1:23). Fear helps us work at our salvation and not take it for granted (Philippians 2:12). It motivates us not to miss entering the promise (Hebrews 4: 1). And it urges us to warn others (II Corinthians 5:11). The Book of Acts has fear explode the growth of the early Christian Churches (Acts 2: 43; 5:5, 11).
We have stopped fearing God, but not stopped fearing (Romans 3:18). We fear for our lives, our children, our jobs and our securities. More people are killed in our cities than on a battlefield. Criminals roam our streets, thieves break in and rapist molest our women. We keep alive at high costs those that mean us harm and kill our babies cheaply. Churches no longer grow, but merely exchange members. Sinners no longer change. Some 86% believe in a God that is no longer feared. A much smaller percentage attends a church where they believe that Jesus does not want them to fear for He is with them (John 6:20; Matthew 28:20). Friends, I am not afraid; I am terrified for ousting the fear of God from our lives. No good has ever come without the fear of God, for it is the beginning of understanding of why we are here (Proverb 9:10).