Reverence, by definition, is profound respect and love. The virtue of temperance helps us develop reverence. When we have a reverent attitude toward God, we honor Him, express our gratitude, and are drawn to obey His commandments. As I grow in reverence towards God, I see my belovedness and value myself. As I lose reverence, my ego and will reigns.
We are called to be reverent in behavior and attitude. This behavior includes prayer, studying scripture, fasting, and tithing. It includes wearing modest clothing and watching our language. The depth of reverence is evident in our choice of music and other entertainment. We show reverence when we serve other people and treat them with kindness and respect.
As I become more reverent, there is a quiet transformation in my life. The Lord pours out His Spirit on me more abundantly, I’m less troubled and confused, more peaceful and have clarity to solve problems.
Just as reverence brings me closer to God, irreverence opens the door to the temptations of the world. Things like more noise and distractions that lead me away from hearing God’s voice. When I become deaf to the whispers of God, my will reigns, not His.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Psalm 51:10
Lord, let me strive to be reverent in all I do.