Friday, January 15, 2016

Thinx 89: Forgiveness Leading to Fear? to Love?

But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

— Psalm 130:4 ESV

"Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little."

— Luke 7:47 ESV

I'm trying to figure this out. How is it that forgiveness leads to fear? Is this just an OT thing or is there more to "fear" than just being afraid? Is there more to "love"? How should we respond to forgiveness, both in the short term and in the long?

© Copyright Bruce M. Axtens, 2016

2 comments:

Bruce Axtens said...

I think the bottom line in the OT reading is that someone who fears God lives out that fear by behaving in ways that are consistent with who God is, what he had said and what he has done/is doing/will do.

Whether fear means fear, reverence or awe is secondary.

Bruce Axtens said...

I would expect someone who claimed to love God would do the same, that is, consistently behave in ways that are consistent with who God is, what he had said and what he has done/is doing/will do.