All knowledge of the Lord BEGINS with fearing the Lord. You can’t truly know Him until you fear (revere) Him. The definition of reverence is a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe. You can’t know Him correctly unless you have some deep respect and awe for Him.
I’m aghast at the way so many Christians flippantly refer to the Lord. Yes, He’s our friend (John 15:15) but He’s GOD. So many claim the benefits of being God’s friend, yet they miss the condition that He bestows friendship upon us:
“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” – John 15:14
If you are His friend, you’ll do what He says. If you don’t do what he says, you aren’t His friend. If He is your friend, you’ll do what He says because you love, respect and yes, revere (fear) Him.
Fools despise discipline, many times shirking it as being legalistic or “works”. As if being disciplined in our lifestyle is “religious”. No, you’re just lazy. Fools despise wisdom and wise people, because wisdom testifies against their lifestyle. No matter how “FREE” you are, some decisions are ALWAYS stupid and despising the very wisdom that could change you for the better is dumb.
Fear God and love wisdom and discipline.