Continuing the work on the message on love. Still open to any comments or corrections from anyone in the ministry. This is not a complete work, but part of my studies and thoughts as I research the subject of love in relation to God and how His love transforms us.
38 They will be my people, and I will be their God.
39 I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them.
40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.
Fear in this scripture (Stong’s 3372 yare pronounced yaw-ray, primitive root to fear) in Hebrew means to revere.
יָרֵא yârêʼ, yaw-ray’; a primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten:—affright, be (make) afraid, dread(-ful), (put in) fear(-ful, -fully, -ing), (be had in) reverence(-end), × see, terrible (act, -ness, thing).
When you first read the word fear, what comes to mind? Being afraid, scared, even terrified. This is not what fear means in this scripture though. Here it means to revere.
With so many words having different meaning it is important to know it’s context, to understand it’s true meaning. So when you see the word fear in this scripture, and understanding the meaning helps to understand God is putting a reverance to Him in their hearts. This is why I like to use a concordance in my studies so I can get to the root words being used to understand what is being said.
KJV dictionary defines revere-
REVE’RE, v.t. L. revereor; re and vereor, to fear.
To regard with fear mingled with respect and affection; to venerate; to reverence; to honor in estimation.
Further study is now showing how the word fear used in this verse is related to affection/love. So we can now see that it is God that is the One, putting a love for Him into our hearts.