“Fear of the Lord: Which Characters Have it? Which Don’t?” by Joan Y. Edwards
This is Part 7 and the last in a series of blogs about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Fear of the Lord is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Fear of the Lord means awe, wonder of the workings of God. Dictionary.com says
Synonyms are God-fearing, religious, devoted, faithful, prayerful, theological, spiritual, devout, sacred, filled with wonder and awe, veneration
Antonyms are irreligious, disbelief, atheist, secular, profane, defile, sacrilegious
I like to put fear of the lord as meaning full of awe for all he’s capable of and all He’s done for me. When I was a child, I was taught to fear God because if I did wrong He would send me away from heaven. That was a severe punishment. As I grew older, I realized that I didn’t believe some of the things I had been taught. I learned that God is a forgiving God and that if you try your best to obey his ten commandments and love him above all things and love your neighbor as yourself, you would be okay. I believe that God is the ultimate Judge and will decide who goes to heaven and who doesn’t.
There are a few wonderful times in my life when I knew there was a creator who was very powerful, creative, and loving. When I viewed the Grand Canyon. When I looked through huge telescopes in the mountains and saw the planets as well as the stars. When I was pregnant with my daughters and experienced the wonder of new birth. I have learned that God sends people into my life for a reason. One of these very touching moments was when a principal tried to persuade my teacher assistant to teach with another person. He asked three different times and her answer was, “I want to teach with Mrs. York.” She stood beside me when I was under fire. She chose to be with me. Now that was godliness in humanity.
Have you ever loved someone so much that you didn’t want to hurt them or disappoint them? I think this is gift that the Holy Spirit gives to you and me.
With gifts, you don’t have to accept them or use them. It’s a choice.
Let’s examine movies, TV shows, and books for examples of fear of the lord or the absence of it:
Characters with fear of the lord
- Moses in the Bible
- Jonah in the Bible
- Charlie Brown in “The Great Pumpkin” cartoon and film
- ET in ET
- Uncle Remus in Song of the South
- Andy Griffith in Andy Griffith
- Mother Teresa in Mother Teresa: In My Own Words“
Characters without fear of the lord
- It seems to me that Henry VIII could be considered sacrilegious because he killed so many people, even some of his wives. The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
- The people in the town who started The Lottery (movie) where someone in the town was stoned to death
- The Devil in the Bible when he’s tempting Jesus Christ
- The people selling things in the Temple when Jesus threw them out in the Bible.
- Joker in Batman because he wants to kill or hurt people just to aggravate Batman. (Comics, movie)
- Anakin/Darth Vader in Star Wars. (Book, Movie)
- Stepmother and Stepsisters in Cinderella (book and movie)
- Danny Gallagher. “Things You Didn’t Know about the Great Pumpkin: http://thefw.com/things-you-didnt-know-about-great-pumpkin/
- Jo Hannon Reardon. “What Does It Mean to Fear God?” http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/bible-answers/spirituallife/what-does-it-mean-to-fear-god.html
- Michael Bennett. “Fear of the Lord: What Does It Mean?” http://lifehopeandtruth.com/god/who-is-god/fear-of-the-lord/
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit Blog Series
- Part 1 “Wisdom: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/wisdom-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/
- Part 2 “Understanding: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/understanding-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/
- Part 3 “Counsel: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/counsel-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/
- Part 4 “Fortitude: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/fortitude-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/
- Part 5 “Knowledge: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/knowledge-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/
- This is Part 6 “Piety: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/piety-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/piety-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/
- This is Part 7 and the last in the series. “Fear of the Lord: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?”
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