“Fear of the Lord”: what does it mean?
@mutts I think that depends on whether you are walking with the Lord or are set against Him.
For the wicked, there is a genuine fear of God’s judgment upon those who do evil - we see this when Felix recoils at Paul’s preaching about self-control and judgment - Felix sends him away - his conscience has been pricked
Acts 24:23-25 - As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
1 Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
For those are seeking to honor God, the fear of the Lord is best explained in the way a child relates to their Father - a Father protects, guides - as well as disciplining
Hebrews 12:4-6 - In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Christ grant you wisdom in this matter
Luther distinguished between that and what he called filial fear, drawing from the Latin concept from which we get the idea of family. It refers to the fear that a child has for his father. In this regard, Luther is thinking of a child who has tremendous respect and love for his father or mother and who dearly wants to please them. He has a fear or an anxiety of offending the one he loves, not because he’s afraid of torture or even of punishment, but rather because he’s afraid of displeasing the one who is, in that child’s world, the source of security and love.