Beginning to Serve G-d

The only way to begin to serve G-d is through the fear of retribution. Without that, it is impossible to take the first step. Even the righteous must have such fear, since very few can devote themselves to G-d merely because they love Him so deeply. The main thing is fear of punishment. One can also serve G-d out of a sense of awe, because He is so great and powerful (Zohar I, 11b). This is a higher level of fear, but it is also very difficult to attain. For most people, the path to devotion is founded on the simple fear of punishment. (Likutei Moharan I: 87)

Based on Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom #5, Reb Noson of Breslov

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