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Revelation 14:7 [An angel] said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
The Church acknowledges that judgment by God is on the itinerary for us all. This isn’t something I dwell on much. I am marked as Christ’s own forever, and I know God’s love is boundless, but I cringe in anticipation of being seen and known fully.
At a deeper level, the fear of God is not simply abject dread or anticipatory shame. This holy fear is an awareness of the sheer greatness and goodness of God—of the inherent obligation all people have to give God glory, not because of what God may or may not do but simply because God is.
MOVING FORWARD: Read through the Reconciliation of a Penitent in The Book of Common Prayer, starting on page 447. Consider offering your confession.