To be moved by the Holy Spirit is to live in Love, to be moved by Love and nothing else. To move from a place of love, a place of encounter to another. I love the image above, it reminds me of living in His love, abiding in Him, allowing His Love to hold me and move me.
In the next few days, there will be a daily posting on one particular Gift of the Holy Spirit. We will be intentionally praying for this gift, as our Lord invites us to: “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give you. Until now, you have not asked anything in my name, ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”
Let us listen to Jesus and obey exactly what He asks us to do!
Blessed Week to you!
Fear of the Lord:
This gift enables a person “to avoid sin and attachment to created things out of reverence and love of God.” Primarily, this gift entails a profound respect for the majesty of God who is the supreme being. Here, a person realizes his “creatureliness” and dependency upon God, has a true “poverty of spirit,” and never would want to be separated from God, who is love. As such, this gift arouses in the soul a vibrant sense of adoration and reverence for God and a sense of horror and sorrow for sin.
This gift of fear of the Lord is sometimes misunderstood because of the word “fear.” “Fear of the Lord” is not a servile fear whereby a person serves God simply because he fears punishment, whether some sort of temporal punishment in this life or the eternal punishment of hell. A genuine relationship with God is based on love, not fear. Therefore, this “fear of the Lord” is a filial or reverential fear that moves a person to do God’s will and avoid sin because of love for God, who is all good and deserving of all of our love. In a similar way, a child should not be motivated to obey a parent simply because of fear of punishment, but because of love and respect; a person who loves someone does not want to disappoint or to break the other person’s heart. One should fear hurting a loved one and violating that person’s trust more than one should fear punishment.