The Fear of the Lord is considered the first Gift, a necessary gateway towards a man’s continuing conversion. 

Working with the right fear of just punishment for sin, the Gift of the Fear of the Lord supernaturally intervenes to lead a man to realize his sinful smallness, God’s greatness and mercy, and gives a man the fervent desire to always seek to please God out of gratitude, to never offend Him and to never be separated from Him. 

At the same time, the Gift of the Fear of the Lord also leads a man to increasingly hate the sins which have separated him from God in the past, feel deep shame, guilt and contrition for his sins, and to battle against those sins; the man becomes increasingly detached from exclusively seeking pleasures from the world and more attached to God. 

Learn more about the Gift of the Fear of the Lord.