Are You Afraid of God? Blessings of Fearing the LORD

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:7


One time, I heard a colleague singing the first four lines of the chorus of “I Am A Friend Of God” with the lyrics below.


The correct word should have been “friend” instead of “afraid”.

Whether my colleague didn’t hear the lyrics correctly or he used “afraid” on purpose, I did not correct him.

I believe the theological meaning of “afraid” is stronger than “friend”.

I realized that when we have genuine fear of the LORD we are bound to obey Him.

Oftentimes, it is easy for us to disagree with a friend and don’t heed good friendly advice.

Some of the blessings we avail when we truly fear the LORD:

  • Wisdom (Discernment of what’s right and wrong)
  • Courage to tell the truth
  • Passionate about what is just
  • Humility

When we are afraid of God, we fear doing things that will dishonour Him.

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6 thoughts on “Are You Afraid of God? Blessings of Fearing the LORD

  1. Susanti says:

    My fear of Lord when I was young was He will punish me!
    But as I’m getting older, I started to realize that I fear to hurt or disappoint Him just like being afraid hurting or disappointing your love one. As God so love me unconditionally, it just not worth it to do silly things!

  2. savedbygrace says:

    I love how Jesus define the “Fear” of the Lord.

    Jesus says “Worship the Lord and serve Him only”

    “Away from me, Satan!
    For it is written:
    ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
    – Matthew 4:10

    wait.. where did Jesus got that verse?

    “Fear the LORD your God and serve him”
    – Deuteronomy 10:20

    Jesus’ definition of Fear is Worship! amazing!

    – grace and peace

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