Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. = 2 Cor 5:11 (KJV)
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. = 2 Cor 5:11 (NIV)
Terror and Fear evoke slightly different ideas to me. The actual greek word is used in the sense of a profound and overwhelming respect for something or someone. The old testament tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When we reach a place in our life that we truely fear God, giving Him the highest respect and place of honor in our life, we are on a good road. And it is in the overflow of that fear, that relationship, that we reach out and tell others about the good news.
Fear of the Lord is not meant to be a knee shaking, white knuckle, cowering in the corner experience. Instead it should be the motivator for sharing the good news.
An old counselor friend always said “silently listen… and you will learn where their heart is, and what has captivated them quickly, because that person, place o r thing will crop up in their discussion over and over. For the believer, Jesus should be the center of our thoughts, the one given the praise, and thanks. And the one we can trust our very lives to. Knowing God is Love, but respecting that He is also the Righteous Judge, the All Powerful One, and the one who created all in 6 short days. He is power, he is authority, he is holy, yet he is merciful. All of these qualities should be a t the heart of what is on our mind.
“Lord, may we fear you and yield our lives to you, knowing that you hold everything in your hands. Grant us the steadfastness to do good, to love people, show mercy, walk humbly with you. Grant us your peace to know that fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding your great and loving character. Amen”