Praise God or Fear God?
After Jesus performs a miracle—healing a paralytic man—the people were fearful of God, yet full of praise at the same time (this precise wording is not apparent in all translations—see the New Living Translation or the Amplified Bible).
Although it seems like a paradox to simultaneously fear God and praise him, perhaps this is a view we should adopt.
Yes, there are reasons to fear him, but they must be carefully balanced with praising him. It may be in the midst of that balance that we are able to best connect with him.
[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Matthew 8-10 and today’s post is on Matthew 9:2-8.]
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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