Reverence

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This is great admiration and honour given to another, a genuine holding in high regard, not a frivolous outward veneer of adoration. The Bible says,
“Submit to others in reverence” (Eph 5:21; Col 1:22).

Having a ‘holy fear’ of the Lord is a deep respect and honour for Him and responding humbly to Him. This will be outworked in

Does my reverence for God show in my obedience?

worship, obedience and “Purifying ourselves from all that contaminates body and spirit…” (2 Cor 7:1). The Bible's message to us is, “Give God the glory due to Him…Serve the Lord with reverence” (Ps 29:2, 96:8; Heb 12:28,29). God declares, “Those who honour me I will honour, but those who despise me will be despised” (1 Sam 2:30).  If we reverence the Lord we won’t lack any good thing (Ps 34:9,10).

Nehemiah’s prayer showed reverence by acknowledging the gracious faithfulness of God, including confession of personal and corporate sin and a heartfelt plea for divine help (Neh 1:4-11).

In some churches, the title Reverend [revered or respected one] is given to the Minister.

See also: fear (holy), honour, respect, worship.


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