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Love and fear

“Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.” – Joseph Joubert

This is an interesting quote. It seems to contradict the more popular ideas like:


Yet, if we had to choose the primary way in the Old Testament that God exhorted His people to respond to Him it would probably be ‘fear’.

Deu 6:24 ESV And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.

2Co 7:1 ESV Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

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