JE # 96 – Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

When fear is mentioned, we usually think of fright, alarm or terror. But what about the “fear of the Lord”? Does it mean the same thing? According to an author, ” fear of the LORD” means a good relationship with God based on reverence and respect for Him and His commands.”

Fear of the Lord is living righteously. When we fear God, we dare not take Him lightly. To fear the LORD is to always examine our ways whether with conform with God’s standard of holiness and righteousness.

Today, we’ll learn from David about the fear of the Lord.

” Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD”

– Psalm 34:11

Nauna po dito sabi nia sa verse 9

9 Fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.

Ang tao daw na may takot sa Dios ay hindi magkukulang because God provides blessings for His saints – blessings for those who fear Him. At nadiscuss po natin kanina that fear of the LORD is having a good relationship with God. When you have a good relationship with God, you will lack nothing.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

– Psalm 23:1

Promise yan ng LORD!

But how do we fear the LORD according to David?

1. KEEP YOUR TONGUE FROM EVIL

13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.

Out of the same mouth comes praising and cursing. James said this should not be. As children of God, we should speak only what is good and encouraging. Dapat ang mga lumalabas sa bibig natin, nakaka-encourage, nakakabless, nakaka-inspire, nakaka-uplift ng spirit! Hindi mura, hindi pangja-judge, hindi panglalait at pagsisinunghaling! Many Christians are still guilty of this.


Isang nanay, sasabihin sa anak: “Anak, pag tumawag si kumare, sabihin mo wala ako. Naniningil kasi ng utang yun!”

What kind of example do you show to your children? They will think that it is OK to lie. Bantayan ang dila dahil binabantayan ng mga bata ang ating mga sinasabi.

Madalas na-encounter ko before sa opisina, ka-kristianong tao, dinadamay ang isang di-Kristianong kaopisina.

“Fren, pag tumawag ang taga C__ibank, sabihin mo wala ako”.

Dinamay pa sa pagsisinungaling ang kapwa. Ba’t di nia nalang sabihin, wla siyang pambayad. Tapos! Wala ng nagkakasala.

If we speak the truth, we will be set free. If we keep on telling lies, nagiging slave or children tayo ni Satan who is the Father of Lies! Do you want that? Jesus is the TRUTH, so we speak what is true and pleasant! Pleasant, ibig sabihin masarap pakinggan sa tenga. Hindi paninsismis, hindi coarse joking, hindi green jokes. May mga umpukan minsan after kumain ng lunch, kung anu-anong kalaswaan ang pinag-uusapan o kaya tsinitsismis ang kapwa empleyado. Sinasayang ang oras, hindi nakaka-bless! I appreciate those people who spend their remaining time with prayer and Bible study. They are wise in managing their time. If you fear the LORD, you should control your tongue from speaking evil.


2. TURN FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD

14 Turn from evil and do good;

Everybody knows what is good and evil. Our God has given us His Spirit to distinguish good from evil. Si Paul may payo sa mga Ephesians after they received Christ:

He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

–  Ephesians 4:28

A Christian is not a slave of sin anymore. Sabi ni Paul, ” Huwag ka ng magnakaw. Magtrabaho ka para may silbi ka naman. ” If you fear God, stop stealing. If dati kang tsismosa, stop being tsismosa. Kung dati kang tomador, iwasan mo na kahit dahan-dahanin mo. Kung dati kang nangongopya sa katabi mo, nagyon hindi na. Mag-aral ka.

What Paul and David were saying is that meron kang mabuting magagawa. Instead of spending your time with foolish or evil things, you can devote your time to godly things. Paul said, “Work, so you can help other people in need.” Kesa malalaswang magazine, read your Bible or any inspirational book that could help you improve yourself. Estudyante ka, huwag kang kopya ng kopya, mag-aral kang mabuti. Huwag puro gimik. Kesa nagtsitsismis, why not look for someone to be prayed for? Let us be wise in spending our time by doing good. Remember, a God-fearing person is always busy doing good things.

Lastly,

3. SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT

14b seek peace and pursue it.

Christians are not trouble-makers, they are peace-makers. If you fear the LORD, hindi ikaw ang nag-uumpisa ng away. Dapat ikaw ang nag-aayos ng gulo. Kung may kagalit ka, dapat nakikipag-ayos ka agad. Hindi bagay sa mga anak ng Dios ang nakikipag-away. Mga biyenan, inaaway nyo ba ang manugang nyo? Bakit? Dahil ba mukha siyang aswang?😀 Tanggapin nyo nalang. Pinili na ng anak nyo yan eh! Humanap ka nlang ng paraan para maging kasundo mo siya. Ganun din mga manugang, hulihin nyo ang kiliti ng biyenan nyo.

Mga magkatrabaho, 8 years ng di nagkikibuan, isang beses ka lang hindi natirhan ng meriendang banana-Q eh buong buhay ka ng nagtampo. Minsan ang mga away ay mga maliliit na bagay lang, pinalalaki.

May mga kilala ako nung college, nagkatampuhan. Nung may mga asawa na, pinagtatawanan na lang nila ang away-bata nila nung college.

Napag-uusapan ang lahat ng bagay. As Christians, we should seek and pursue peace. Sabi sa Matthew 5:9

9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.

Our God is a God of peace. Dapat lamang na tayong mga anak Nia ay peaceful ang buhay. Peaceful dahil wala kang kagalit. Peaceful because we know we’re doing good. Peaceful because we speak no lies and curse no one. Peaceful because we multiply joyful people. Peaceful dahil wala kang niloloko. Makakatulog ka ng mahimbing sa gabi.

So, that’s how David defines the fear of the Lord. Reflect for some areas of your life which need to recommit to God right now. God desires that we commit our lives to Him day by day. Dapat maging desire natin na i-glorify ang Lord araw-araw. Be blessed.

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One Response to “JE # 96 – Fear of the Lord”

  1. tet Says:

    sobrang nabless ako dito kapatid..rock on..

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