Hating the evil way

There are many people who are categorized in scripture as people who feared God. The fear of God is always associated with right standing with Him and blessing. But what is the fear of God? What constitutes a proper fear of God.

Fearing God does not mean that we are scared of the Almighty, but rather that we reverence Him properly as God. In order to fear God we must acquire humility. Proverbs 8:13 says, "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." Proper reverence of God demands humility. It demands that we abhor evil. That we remove ourselves from pride, arrogance, and perverseness. Do we separate ourselves from those things, or are we allowing ourselves to become stained with what God hates? If we fully commit ourselves to reverencing God, we will naturally remove ourselves from what He hates. Proverbs 16:6 tells us, "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil."

I would like to encourage you, ask God to teach you to fear Him. Ask Him to show you how you can best reverence Him and His name. Let us endeavor to always give Him the glory He deserves and approach Him with honor when we pray. We must never forget that we have access to Him because we are His children, but we must never forget who He is. He is God. He far above all. He deserves all the honor we can bestow.

"In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death." – Proverbs 14:27

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