Skip to main content

Should I fear the Lord?

"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more.  Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna, yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one."

So, who is "that one"?  For years I thought that Jesus was referring to Satan as the one whom we should fear.  However, I no longer believe that to be the case.  

Jesus is referring to God the Father.  Only he has the power to cast us into Gehenna.  Only he has the power to release us from our sentence.  Only God knows what we speak in secret.  He alone knows what we have said and done behind closed doors.  Only God knows the hairs on our head, or in my case the lack thereof!

What does it mean to fear God?  When I was younger I understood it to mean cowering, waiting for the hammer to fall.  It meant walking around on eggshells just waiting to be smote for something I did wrong.

As I've grown and experienced more of life, I've come to a different understanding.  I would liken it to my relationship to my wife.  I could easily say, "fear of my wife is the beginning of wisdom."  By this I don't mean that I'm peeking around every corner waiting for a frying pan.  Rather, it is a fear of offending her, a fear of hurting her, a fear of damaging my relationship with her.

Having a holy fear of the Lord is very similar.  As we progress in the spiritual life, as we fall more deeply in love with the Lord, this fear of damaging the relationship becomes clearer and more important.  

When I first came back to the Faith I would often avoid sin out of fear of punishment and hell.  I didn't want to die with that sin on my soul so I'd run to Confession.  It wasn't a heart thing but a fear thing.  Now, I avoid sin (not perfectly, sadly) out of fear of damaging my relationship with God.  It's not so much hell that I fear but moreover I fear letting God down, disappointing Him with my actions, thoughts, and omissions.

So let us pray today that our fear of the Lord will continue to mature.  Let us ask for the grace to not just avoid sin out of fear of punishment but rather out of fear of damaging a beautiful relationship.  If you think you've already damaged that relationship, take heart, God is a patient lover and invites you and me back over and over until the thought of hurting him causes us to cry out with the saints, "death rather than sin."

Just a reminder, our Anniversary Sale for Real Life Rosary will continue until Sunday October 16th.  Use code 14YRS to get 25% off of your order.  Learn more here.

Also, we are still in the midst of our Rosar-A-Day Giveaway where we giveaway one of our handcrafted rosaries each day during the month of October.  Learn more here.


Popular posts from this blog

2016 Rosary-A-Day Giveaway

That's right!  For the month of October we will be giving away one of our handcrafted cord knot rosaries each day during the month of October, the month of the Rosary.

For your chance to win, simply send an email to ( with the words "Rosary-A-Day" in the subject line.  Each day we'll randomly pick a name to win a free "surprise me" (our choice of colors) rosary.  We'll also be giving away some copies of Rosary Meditations for Real Life throughout the month from those names submitted.  Make sure to not be selfish, share the love and let others know!  Good luck!

One winner per household.  Please enter only once, you will receive an email confirming your entry.  Multiple entries from one email address will be deleted. Any order through our site will qualify you for a second entry. Your email will stay in until you win or until the end of the month.  US residents only please unless you are willing to pay the $15 shipping.  Than…

Catherine's Mobile Stander

I've once again learned to not underestimate this girl.  At school she has been receiving therapy using this stander to help her gain strength and stamina.  We brought it home for the summer and I'm simply blown away.

I'm amazed at how proficient she is at maneuvering such a device.  She is able to roll around corners, through doorways, over carpet and more.  Catherine makes it look easy and she does so with the hand-eye coordination of a professional gamer.

However, what really amazes me is her disposition when she is in this contraption.  There are tons of books and videos addressing the power of posture, the power of physical positioning and it's influence on the mental position and mental health.  
These short (35 minute) sessions that Catherine experiences twice per day confirms the theories.  Each time she is placed in the stander her demeanor changes.  She's happy, smiles more (if that's possible) and is more outgoing.  She wheels around the house greet…

Take Up Your Cross

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

In the First Reading, Moses challenges the people, and us, to "choose life". He says, "choose life, that you and your descendants may live." This seems pretty practical. If we choose life, we and our descendants will go on. If not, well...

However, I think we need to look deeper. In fact, I would encourage you to insert a word here in the scriptures, if only mentally - "choose eternal life." For most of us, choosing life is not much of a choice in the arena of our daily lives. Most of us do not rise in the morning with the thought of I'm going to choose to live this day racing through our brains. Yet choosing eternal life must be an everyday, and in fact every moment, choice. It is an effort to make those choices day after day and minute after minute. In some degree, every choice we make throughout our day is a choice for either eternal life or eternal death - therefore choose life!

So how then do we "choo…