Perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18 (NASB)
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because
fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in
The degree to which a Christian loves God and senses God’s love for him has a direct effect on him in the future day of judgment. Those within whom love has been made “perfect” do not experience fear. ( 1 John 4:18, 19.) “Fear exercises a restraint” that would keep us from approaching God freely. So if we are experiencing such fear, ‘we have not been made perfect in love.’ But if we have been “made perfect in love,” this quality fills our hearts, impels us to do the divine will, and moves us to stay close to our heavenly Father in prayer and have no fear in the future day of Judgement. We certainly have reason to love God and pray to him, for as John says, ‘We love because God first loved us.’
A Christian must always have a reverential fear of our heavenly Father, born of deep respect for his position, power, and justice. But we also love God as our Father and feel a closeness to him and freeness to approach him. Rather than being inhibited by any terror of him, we trust that we can approach him, as a child feels open to approaching a loving parent.
Bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 ESV
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from
every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion
in the fear of God.
From the above verse, we note that God wants us to be free of practices that pollute our fleshly bodies and damage our spiritual mental attitude. We must therefore avoid addictive behaviors that are known to be harmful to our physical and mental health.
To cleanse ourselves we have these promises. What promises? I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”(2 Cor.6:17-18)
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (NASB)
17 Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the
Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. 18
And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to
Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
Just imagine God will become your Father, protect you, and love as a son or daughter, provided you avoid defilements of the flesh and mental spirit. Christians are constantly refined (bringing holiness to completion) as they strive to come closer to God’s perfect standards. They are motivated by wholesome “fear of God,” one that stems from deep love and profound reverence, or respect, for him
Conclusion: There is no contradiction. This fear is not the fear of expectation of harm or pain, but wholesome fear of incurring the displeasure of God our heavenly Father, because of our deep respect and love for him.