Love and Fear

17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth (1 Peter 1).

The word here for “conduct” means “to turn upside down, or to overturn, or to turn back,” suggesting a radical change in behavior — which is usually what happens whenever a father enters the room, catching his children doing some mischief.  I think this might be the image Peter is trying to convey.

While God is most certainly our Abba Father who loves and dotes on us, he is no less also our Creator Father who removes foolishness with a rod of discipline (Proverbs 22:15).  Yes, He is to be loved, but at the same time He is also to be feared.  He is a perfect Father who, though loving beyond measure, still, does not spoil His children.

Lord, thank You for loving us enough to discipline us.  Help us This Day to fear You, changing whatever it is we need to, according to Your impartial and righteous judgments.  Amen.