I’ll tell you whom to fear—fear God who has the power to kill and then cast into hell.
It is because of this solemn fear of the Lord, which is ever-present in our minds, that we work so hard to win others. God knows our hearts, that they are pure in this matter, and I hope that, deep within, you really know it too. Dear friends, let us turn away from everything wrong, whether of body or spirit and purify ourselves, living in the wholesome fear of God, giving ourselves to Him alone. That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, “The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.”
Have you no fear of God? No reverence for him? Your sins are telling your mouth what to say! Your words are based on clever deception? Sin lurks deep in the hearts of the wicked, forever urging them on to evil deeds. Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but to trust in God means safety. Tackle every task that comes along, and if you fear God, you can expect his blessing.