28 August 2014

Teach Your Children the Reverential Fear of Jehovah their God

God our Father desires that we learn the holy reverential fear of Jehovah, so that we may stay focused on our duty to God and to others, and to prevent our sinning against God.  We must always have in our mind and hearts a holy reverence of God's majesty and holiness. We must carry in our hearts a dread of God's displeasure and an obedient regard to His sovereign authority over us. This holy fear will quicken us to our duty and make us circumspect in our walk with the Lord.

Parents must understand that all education of children begins with the reverential fear of Jehovah, for this is the only beginning foundation stone for true wisdom. If we want our children to love the Lord and to grow in wisdom and knowledge, then we must teach them the reverential fear of Jehovah. We are called to teach them through the Word of God and His commandments, as well as by our daily modeling and example. God cares that His children keep His commandments, and He tells us that they are not burdensome. Once a person is born again by the Holy Spirit, then God's Spirit within him will give him the power and the grace to keep God's commandments and be pleasing to Him in all that they are, do, and speak. Teach your children to know and treasure God's commandments in their hearts, that they might not sin against Him and be pleasing to Him in all their ways.

The evidence that our children are growing in the fear of Jehovah is that they will develop a love for God and for His commandments, and as a result, they will delight in doing His commandments. Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." John 14:15

The good fruit or works of obedience are the real test of love. The fear of Jehovah is the foundation, the love of God is the heart motivation, and the obedience to God's commandments is the fruit or result. 
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