3:102 O you who have faith, be wary of God as is the rightful due of His wariness.
When He says, “O people,” He says, “Be wary of your Lord” along with it. When He says, “O you who have faith,” He says, “Be wary of God” along with it.
Be wary of your Lord is addressed to the common people. Their Godwariness is based on seeing blessings, and their aspiration is nurturing the body to serve the Real. Be wary of God is addressed to the folk of caresses and generosity. Their Godwariness is based on being watchful of the Beneficent and their aim is the repose of the spirit in witnessing the Real. What a difference between the two! Be wary of your Lord is addressed to the wage-earners, and Be wary of God is addressed to the recognizers. The wage-earners are seeking joy and blessings, and the recognizers are seeking the mystery of the Beneficent. From God, the wage-earners want other than Him, but the recognizers want God Himself.
It has been said that Godwariness is of three sorts: One is a wariness of God’s punishment by having patience against acts of disobedience, as He says: “Be wary of the Fire that has been prepared for the unbelievers” [3:131]. Second is the Godwariness of gratitude for blessings, as He says: “Be wary of your Lord” [4:1]. The third is Godwariness at the vision of Unity, without taking into account reward or punishment, as He says: “Be wary of God as is the rightful due of His wariness.” The first is the Godwariness of the wrongdoers, the second the Godwariness of the moderate, and the third the Godwariness of the preceders.