By Benjamin H. Liles
You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. ~ Deuteronomy 13:4
Claiming to be walking with Jesus Christ means walking in love, maturity, and in obedience to Him who called us. Solomon said, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10). It's not saying that we should be scared or afraid of God, but that by seeking Him and obeying Him we can walk in both love and wisdom.
We find life in the fact Jesus Christ took upon Himself the sins and cares of our lives. We can walk in the wisdom that we no longer have to hold on to or care about those burdens. It's why it's so paramount to give up our sinfulness, turn to God, confess our sins before Him, and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That's what the fear of God is about; to keep His word and follow after Him. It's a loving relationship issue, nothing more, nothing less.