Feb. 24 #devo...Luke 12:4 "I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do." This is my devotion verse for the morning. However, I zeroed in on what was before and after. Verse 5 says to fear the One Who has authority to throw into hell [my paraphrase]. This make me uneasy. I always picture some horrible god who expects his followers to coward down as he does unjust things and is a menace. I know this is not what the Lord is like at all. However, I can't help but be concerned there are non-believers and those on the fence about believing, who may see the very same thing. God has shown me He is not like this at all. The term "fear" has come to be synonymous with learning to revere, respect and honor the Lord in all things. Not coward down because I fear punishment of what He may do. Not move from a place of fear because HE is "watching" me. This is manipulation, and God is not a manipulator. He saves because of LOVE and in return He is given heartfelt devotion, which compels one (or me anyway) to love, honor, respect and revere and WANT to heed His instruction. I pray my eyes are opened more to this understanding, and others reading may have new insight. Verses 2 and 3 speak of being who you are, at all times. Words and actions at home, must align with words and actions in public. Otherwise hypocrisy can take root. I pray to be genuine and authentic in all areas of my life, with all people. Have a wonderful Tuesday!