The Old Testament of the Holy Bible sets the pace on the attribute, “Fear of the Lord.” What is God requiring by fearing Him? What doe He mean? Should believers in Christ Jesus have a fear of the Lord? The Bible teaches a fear of God that should keep a person from sinning against God. A person should obey God’s commands and walk in His ways. A person following God’s commands are not trying to work their way into salvation by keeping the commands, but he or she chooses obedience as a result of their faith.
God says, “Oh that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!”(Deuteronomy 5:29) The fear of God is having Him as a high and only priority in giving Him reverence in speech plus conduct. The heart is the center of this respect. Out of the heart come the issues of life. Right and wrong responses come from the heart. Jesus stated, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”(Matthew15:18)
Jesus clearly is teaching about having a heart right with the righteous God and having the behavior to follow. The fear of the Lord makes a difference between true and false believers. The true believers will be filled with the Holy Spirit and obey Father God. Their hearts are drawn above to God in a humble and contrite spirit. False believers are only giving lip service and have arrogant disobedient lifestyles.
In Matthew 15:18, Jesus gives the authority on the matter of heart purity. Fear of the Lord is being pure in heart for that person will see God. He or she have guarded their heart and out comes love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, meekness, and self control. It is a life controlled by the Spirit in love and obedience toward God.
Believer, seek to be filled with the Spirit of God and His Holy Scriptures to live a life committed to a pure heart before Him.