Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
Proverbs 8:13 (NLT)
13 All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.
The concept of “the fear of the Lord” is not a popular one today. Those outside the church do not want to talk about it because they have a warped concept of God who is supposed to give them everything they want while ignoring anything they do wrong. The church doesn’t want to talk about it because it might scare people away. Basically it is both PC (politically incorrect) and RC (religiously incorrect). Perhaps that’s the reason we are so moral dysfunctional. The problem is that most people don’t understand the concept. Easton’s Dictionary defines it this way, “It is a fear conjoined with love and hope, and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather filial reverence…A holy fear is enjoined also in the New Testament as a preventive of carelessness in religion, and as an incentive to penitence (Easton, Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature, 1897). Notice this definition that it is fear combined with love and hope. We have unbalanced view of God’s character. We focus on his love, but we ignore the fact that the Lord is both a God of love and a God of justice. John Bevere had this to say about the fear of the Lord, “It is the fear of the Lord that keeps us from sin while sin keeps us from intimacy with God The primary manifestation of the fear of the Lord is unwavering obedience to the desires and will of God.” We should fear the Lord both because we fear his justice and because we love him and do not wish to offend him. Unfortunately, we would rather offend God than offend a visitor. Perhaps this is something for us to think about.