Respect, on the other hand. I can understand. I respect wild animals, they could eat me, hurt me, destroy my things. I work with them, avoiding if necessary, to keep safe and to respect their integrity to what they are. I do believe in a force that keeps us all together, that created and sustains everything that there is right now, but I do not fear this presence, I love it, I respect it, and I honour it by being the best version of myself that I can be. Living in fear is not this version. When I am in fear, I am weaker, slower to act, and less able to make positive change.
I find the idea of feeling the need to fear God oppressive. Allow me to explain. God is just, and good, God is not unfair and treats all things in equality. God is the personification of natural order and balance. The awareness of God is from a place of pure love. To assume a requirement of fear, is to assume I have displeased God, that for some reason, God is watching me and looking for my mistakes. God has a grudge. No thank you. This idea does not sit with me. God loves me and encourages me to move forward, not backwards; not wallowing in guilt, not trembling in fear, not running around in circle, but moving forward. I do not appreciate being labeled unclean, a sinner, or any other judgmental phrase used to justify a sensation of fear. I am clean and I am loved. I do not fear those who love me. It would only serve to push them away. If someone hurts me and causes me to fear, out of natural self protection, then they do not love me.
I love me and therefore I have become open to God to move with me in life.
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