The verses in Proverbs 16:6-7 really struck me today and I like the way the Message reads.
Guilt is banished through love and truth;
Fear-of-God deflects evil.
Fear-of-God deflects evil...I think today's society has to some degree forgotten what a motivator fear can be. We want to feel that there are other ways to motivate...but sometimes some good, healthy fear can keep us on the right path. It may be a fine line but I do believe there is a place in our lives to live out of fear. Like in high-school when you had Mr. McMillan as your teacher you knew not to fall asleep in his class out of fear of his meter stick slamming on the desk beside your head...fear kept you awake...LOL.
And I find verse 7 very intriguing...
What would it be like to know that you had lived a life so pleasing to God that even your enemies would have to concede and shake your hand on a job well done...let's strive for that kind of approval.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalm 119:97-112, Proverbs 16:8-9