Fear of the Lord


Fear of the Lord

Fear of the Lord is one of the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as described in Isaiah 11:2-3 (also known as wonder and awe).

The Catholic Encyclopedia explains that this gift "fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread, above all things, to offend Him."cite encyclopedia
title = Holy Ghost
encyclopedia = Catholic Encyclopedia
date = 1910
url = http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07409a.htm
]

In an April 2006 article [ [http://www.insidethevatican.com/articles/status-ecclesiae/status-ecclesiae-apr-2006.htm The Primacy of Jesus, the Primacy of Love] ] published in Inside the Vatican magazine, contributing editor John Mallon writes that the "fear" in "fear of the Lord" is often misinterpreted as "servile fear" (the fear of getting in trouble) when it should be understood as "filial fear" (the fear of offending someone whom one loves):

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