Peter gives a sweeping statement that covers the range of our relationships: "Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king." In this lesson we explore his call for Christians to fear God. Why not call us to love God, instead? Isn’t loving God a much better motivation than fearing Him? Is the call to fear God a holdover from the Old Testament, or a vital part of the Christian life? In this lesson we review what the New Testament says about fearing God, starting with what Jesus said. We also consider the meaning of a famous statement in 1 John, that "perfect love casts out fear."