What does the phrase "the fear of the Lord "mean? The word "fear" is associated with terror, feeling of anxiety and agitation produced by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain e.t.c. This however, is not the sense in which the scripture uses the word when it talks about the fear of God. The context in which it is used in the bible implies reverence, awe and great respect. In essence, what the scripture is teaching is that we are to have deep reverence and respect for the Lord.
Literally, we are to be awed and humbled by His presence. When we fear the Lord, we live our lives in reverence for His name and His word. We will surrender our lives to Him and we will live to please God in all we do.
Not only adult are obligated to fear the Lord, children too are. Hence, you are to preach to your children to fear Him too. To do this, you must begin the following from early stage:
* Pray for them and with them
* Introduce them to the scriptures
* Tell and show them the way of truth
* Take them to church and cultivate their interest in the things of God
* Preach the gospel of salvation to them.
As you prayerfully embark on this great task, the Lord will graciously save and instill His fear in your children’s lives.