A contradiction, it seems. That we both confess that “God is love” (1Jn. 4:8) and that we are to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecc. 12:13). A seeming contradiction that puzzles even those who have embraced Christ as Savior for many years, and a contradiction I feel that I am incapable of resolving fully. But the joy of embracing all that is God is worth the attempt, and so I set out on a journey far too difficult to complete on my own, and I pray that His Spirit would guide me as I think and write.