7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
|Psalms 111:10 |
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who do his commandments have a good understanding; his praise endures forever. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Fear God and give Him the glory. To fear is to depart from evil." The beginning of the fear of God is to depart from evil. After the Lord has shown you the evil in your heart and life, and after you have departed from evil, (and hate evil, and shun evil), you will eventually be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit, including God's love. Then love will have been perfected in you. Then you will know no fear, because perfect love expels all fear; and your conscience will be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, purging even the memory of your guilt, so you can serve the living God without fear and shame. However, you will still reverence God with awe of his power and glory; as George Fox said regarding godly fear -" To fear God, is not to grieve nor offend Him, but to be subject to Him and reverence Him."]