Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Now, what should we learn from everything that is written in this book? The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey his commands, because he knows about everything people do—even the secret things. He knows about all the good and all the bad, and he will judge people for everything they do. (ERV)
Think about this
Have you ever thought about this question “do you respect God“? To be clear, do you think God is worthy of worship and obedience? To respect God means you admire Him with praise and love, mixed with awe and/or fear.
When you respect God, you worship Him. You honor Him by doing what He says.
Jesus warned the people in Luke 12:4-5 My friends, don’t be afraid of people. They can kill you, but after that, there is nothing else they can do.
5 God is the one you must fear. Not only can he take your life, but he can throw you into hell. God is certainly the one you should fear! (CEV)
For this reason, we should give attention to and respect/fear what God can and will do.
Many people want respect but do not give it. – Tim
Fear (of God)
For those who have not repented, concern or terror of facing the wrath of God. On the other hand, for the born again (child of God), fear is awe (respect) and reverence felt for the Lord.
Before grace fear was a key element between people and God. People (sinners) were to fear God (the creator) and the punishment for sin.
“Have you no fear of me? says the Lord; will you not be shaking with fear before me,” … “Am I not to give punishment for these things? says the Lord”. Jeremiah 5:22a and 29a (BBE)
Love of God
Under grace, through Jesus, the focus is the love of God. Love gives power to control (self) and avoid sin. Only those who continue in sin have need to fear.
1 John 4:18 There is no [reason for] fear if one [really] loves, but a complete love removes fear [from us] because fear produces punishment [i.e., mental anxiety], and the person who is [always] afraid does not have a complete love. (AUV)
Respect is to take notice of; to regard with special attention. To honor and act toward with due regard (worship). As such, the child of God shows respect for God by doing what He says.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Dear friends, we have these promises from God. So we should make ourselves pure—free from anything that makes body or soul unclean. We should try to become perfect in the way we live, because we respect God. (ICB)
Reverence is to regard with fear mingled with respect and affection/esteem. It is deep respect and high regard mixed with fear and love.
Hebrews 12:28-29 Let us be thankful, because we will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship (serve) (intensely adore) God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe. 29 Our God is a destroying (consuming) fire. (NSB)
Honor when used of the Lord is to reverence; to adore (to honor as God or as divine); to worship (to perform acts of praise or respect).
Matthew 15:1-9 Some of the teachers of the Law and the proud religious law-keepers from Jerusalem came to Jesus. They asked, 2 “Why do Your followers not obey the teaching that was given to them by our fathers? They do not wash their hands before they eat.” 3 Jesus said to them, “Why do you break the Law of God by trying to keep their teaching?
4 For God said, ‘Show respect to your father and mother.’ And, ‘He who curses his father or mother will be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if a man says to his parents that anything he has, that might have been of help to them, is already given to God,
6 he does not have to show respect by helping his father and mother. You are putting aside the Word of God to keep their teaching. 7 You who pretend to be someone you are not, Isaiah told about you. He said,
8 ’These people show respect to Me with their mouth, but their heart is far from Me. 9 Their worship of Me is worth nothing. They teach what men have made up.’” (NLV)
How do we honor God?
Open your hearts and let the word of God minister to you as you read and study. God is to be held in the highest esteem but we must be mindful that God will still be God regardless of our praise and respect or lack of. We honor God with worship and serving Him. No other being is worthy. Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (NKJV)
♦ Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. (KJV)
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 How can Christ agree with Belial, the devil? How can a person who believes work with a person who does not believe? 15 Is there anything equal about a house of God and a house of idols? We are a house of the living God. God has said, `I will live in them and walk in them. I will be their God and they will be my people.‘
16 So the Lord says, `Come away from among bad people. Stay away from them. Do not touch what is not clean. And I will receive you. 17 I will be your father. And you shall be my sons and daughters.’ The Lord who is ruler of all says that.
7:1 My dear people, since God has promised us these things, we should make ourselves clean. We should clean out everything that makes our lives or our spirits dirty. We should try to be altogether holy because we respect God with fear. (WE)
Obedience is the act of obeying, or the state of being obedient. In a spiritual sense, it is to meet the requirements of God. Above all it is to freely agree to fair limits and control.
James 1:22 Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. (CEV)
Romans 6:22-23 Now you are free from sin and are servants to God. You have your fruit in holiness, and the end everlasting (eternal) life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift from God is everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (NSB)
Respect the Lord
Psalm 33:8 Everyone on earth should fear and respect the Lord. All the people in the world should fear him, (ERV) ♦ Psalm 33:8-9 Worship the Lord, all the earth! Honor him, all peoples of the world! 9 When he spoke, the world was created; at his command everything appeared. (GNT)
If you believe the Lord is supreme and our creator. Then you have many reasons to respect God. He is to be feared and revered/respected; do you agree?
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment, which must begin with the household of God: and if it begins with us, what shall the end be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (RKJNT)
I cannot stress the importance of the fear of and respect for God; it is absolutely good advice for life. Learn to fear, honor, worship, obey, and respect the Lord and be blessed—♥ Tim.
1 Peter 4:18 “If good people barely escape, what will happen to sinners and to others who don’t respect God?” (CEV)
Scriptures to read and study:
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 (13-14) [references: 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1 [6:14-7:1; (6:16-18 and 7:1)]. Luke 12:4-7 ( 4-5); Proverbs 9:10-12 (10); Psalms 111:10; Acts 9:31; Philippians 2:12-18 (12-13).
Jeremiah 5:18-31 (22 and 29); 1 John 4:17-19 (18); 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:25-29 (28-29). 1 Peter 2:13-17 (17); Matthew 15:1-20 [(8-9) compare Mark 7:1-23 (6-7)]; Revelation 4:1-11 (11).
Isaiah 2:1-22 (10-11); Hebrews 12:3-11 (7-11); Romans 6:15-23 (22-23); James 1:21-27 (22). 1 Peter 4:12-19 (17-18); Psalms 33:1-15 (8-9).
Recommended Bible studies:
♥ Question for ‘respect God’: Do you fear, honor, worship, obey, and respect GOD with love?
See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
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