Once again I recently heard a preacher saying that fear of the Lord doesn’t actually mean fear. He added that you can’t have an intimate relationship with the Lord if you fear him, you can’t have a healthy relationship with someone you fear.
God chooses love for us and even prefers it to our fear, but for love to replace fear we have to get past one pesky detail. Malachi 1:6 KJV says, A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? . . ..
Do you love the Lord enough to separate yourself and not touch the unclean thing? 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
Do you honor the Lord enough to do what he asks and not sin? John 14:15
If you let love and honor of God lead you, then there is no need to fear. You have found the more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:31