The Gospels scare me a little, but the Epistles comfort me a lot.

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I don’t mean that title across the board, totally and completely–at least the “scare” part. But those Gospels are definitely harder on me than the Epistles.
Years back, Watchman Nee in his book on Bible study (Ye Search the Scriptures), mentioned that the Gospels were harder to interpret than the other books of the New Testament.
Jesus showed us God.
But in the Gospels we have Jesus showing us what God is like, and we see in Him that God is both tough on us and loving us at the same time.  To me, Jesus is talking to us directly from God the Father, so His words portray demands that are not easy-street, for sure. that’s the scary part. And the epistles are there to help us understand what the Christian life is all about and provide some comfort along the way. The Gospels are story, the epistles exposition.
And there is the beloved Gospel of John, written in simple Greek but profoundly deep spirituality, and so powerfully conveying love. Both challenging and comforting.
A mixed message?
So we have a seemingly mixed message: God’s tough demands and His profound love.  At times one seems more emphasized over the other. Often both aspects of God’s character are evident in the same biblical passage.   
So what’s the deal?
We are here on this earth, here and now, to become what God wants us to be in Christ.  He created us in His image–a potential that we cannot even imagine completely at this point on earth.  He saved us believers by His power through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not by our achievement or self-improvement. And He set us each on a journey of every growing intimacy with Him, His Son and the Holy Spirit.
We’re in training.
This life is a forge, a furnace, a gaultlet, and a school. We’re here to learn and become all that we can be, the fullest expression of the grace of God working within us.  So that each one of us brings praise to the glory of God’s holiness, goodness and lovingkindness–in creating us in the first place, in giving us so very much in every way, just taking into account this life alone, and also in giving us an unshakable destiny, which will be wonderful indeed.
Discipline is our friend.
As the writer puts it in Hebrews 12:7 “It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” 
Advice from Hebrews.
Course, later on in Hebrews, there’s some excellent advice: “Through Him [Jesus] then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” (13:15)
It can be hard.There are times when giving God the praise that He always deserves is a hard thing to do. It just doesn’t seem to make sense.  It takes a rather daring faith to go against circumstances and our doubts and fears. But even when it is at its most difficult, praise is always a good idea.

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? 
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him 
For the help of His presence.”  Psalm 42:5
The word “praise” meaning toward God, not counting other forms of the word, is mentioned at least 108 times in the Psalms alone.