The Difference Between Fear and Respect

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What is the difference between fear and respect? When you respect someone it’s mistaken for fear. But today we are going to learn the true meaning of these two words.

First, we are going to try to find out was these words mean. The word respect means you admire that person’s quality or ability, according to Dictionary.com. For example if you respect someone, like a parent’s decisions then you respect the decision they made. Kids are supposed to respect their parents. We should show respect because first the Bible says we should show respect to others and God. Matthew 7:12 says “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Another scripture says “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

Now we will learn the meaning of fear. According to Dictionary.com, fear means that you’re scared or reverence and awe towards God, which means you fear God. As human beings, we shouldn’t fear other humans but we should fear God because of all the power He has in His hands. Another scripture says; For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens 1 Chronicles 16:25-26.

Last but not least, I am now going to explain what the differences are of these two words. Respect is showing honor, admire, and are obedient to your parent for example. Fear is showing reverence and awe to God. You bow down before God. The difference between these two is that you don’t fear a human that you respect. You only fear and honor God. They are alike by somewhat having the same meaning.

As you can see, there are quite a bit of differences between fear and respect. But if you learn the true differences between these two, then you will learn the real meaning.
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