Fear of God Devotional: The Fear of God in the Church

How is the fear of God manifested within the church?

Paul Washer explains in this video that as a church grows in the fear of the Lord, many things happen. For one, a church will begin to see the seriousness of worship in the sense that we don’t worship God according to how we like, but we worship Him according to what He has commanded. The fear of God also leads to a natural exaltation of the Word of God and a realization that we need to conform our lives to it.

One of the greatest manifestations of the fear of God in the body of Christ is a love for one another. We will look at a fellow Christian that we dislike or struggle to get along with and realize that God sent His Son to shed His blood on Calvary for this person. To mistreat, ignore, or gossip about them is a sin against God and would hurt an individual that Christ died for.

The fear of God doesn’t result in a rigid, strict following of His commandments, but rather an outpouring of love. If there is no love, we become almost like monsters. But that isn’t true Christianity. Instead, the fear of the Lord is manifested in love, humility, and sacrificial service towards others.

Philippians 2:3-8 (NKJV) “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”