The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Before the Lord touched my heart, gracing me with His pressence and revealing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior I do not remember giving much thought to the meaning and significance of what the fear of the Lord meant. After being baptised by the Holy Spirit, receiving the love and grace of our Father and being transformed by the renewing of my mind to no longer conform to the pattern of this world I would come to have different understandings of what the fear of the Lord meant to me.
Being on a path of restoration and experiencing a spiritual rebirth consisting of much resting and recovering I can now rejoice in God and the Fear of the Lord. I know God loves us and continually provides for us. I now have a choice to live in and follow the ways of the world or live for God, fearing Him over all else because I love him and believe His ways are higher than ours and His promise for us is eternal life without sin living in the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
To fear God is to read and follow in what He teaches through his word. “To be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”
“At one time we were too foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal live.”
The fear of God is to devote time to doing what is good because these things are excellent and profitable for everyone. The fear of God is to avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. The fear of God is to provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”
The fear of God is to not be overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
The fear of God is to love righteousness and hate wickedness. The fear of God is to love God with all your mind, with all your body, and with all your soul.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”
“Grace be with you all.”