COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
People who revere and fear the Lord have the most active, productive, peaceful and fulfilled life. It is a foundation on which the other building blocks of their lives are built on. Those who fear the Lord have a continual awareness of Him, a deep reverence for Him, and sincere commitment to obey Him. They have no dull moments in the story of their lives, everything, even the gaps and the silence, have significant meanings, allowing them to partake of the wisdom that comes from God alone.
While we shall really tremble before His mighty presence, our courage to yield and willingness to obey Him and His Word shall establish us strong, and enable us to understand that this fear or reverence is the fuel that makes our existence worthwhile and meaningful. We live in the abundance of wisdom and knowledge of Him and His ways, allowing us to exude His goodness in every aspect and area of our lives.
We might think that this is very difficult and we wonder if there are people who can live this way. There are, and we refer to them as men and women of stature. These are people who are able to stand before Him because of their deep reverence and love for God as manifested in their words, thoughts, and deeds in every aspect of their lives. Stature is entirely granted by God, that is why we respect and honor those who have it.
As the Creator of all things and the One who loved us unselfishly, we must honor God deeply with everything in us. Honor God with our words. Use our mouths to glorify him and edify others. Honor God with our thoughts. Have the mind of God so that it is set on godly things and we shall give no room for sinful and lustful thoughts. Honor God with everything that we do. Give your best in every minor and major tasks, putting in mind that it is your act of worship to Him. Honor God with your resources. As our Great Provider, all that we have, we owe to Him. We must be good stewards of the resources given to us and honor Him by obeying His commandment to “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Honor God with our lives - a pleasing sacrifice, holy and blameless before Him.
“That you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.”
Is God to be feared? Or He is to be revered? Does fear of God literally mean fearing Him like fearing men or negative circumstances? Or does fear of God mean a totally different thing?
Fear of God may stem out from two possible reasons. One is that people fear Him because He can punish sinners and the other is that people fear Him because they love Him. The second reason leads to true freedom. This is the fear of God that makes life worth living. This type of fear makes people in awe and deters them from committing sin. This type of fear actually stems out of love because having this kind makes someone’s life controlled to a certain degree for fear of offending the loved one. When one fears the Almighty God, he will definitely live a pure life because he does not want to displease Him. He is restrained to do acts contrary to His will and guidelines. There is always that boundary that he cannot step out from. By living this kind of life, he is living a life free from sin, and that is true freedom.
Fear of God leads to a pure life. Like light that breaks into a person’s life and pure water of a rushing river that cleanses, reverence and fear of God teaches someone to thoroughly abhor actions that will plunge him into darkness and bondage. King David who loved and feared God wrote: "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." His love for God’s word kept him away from walking on the wrong path, thus making him live a pure life.
Fear of God prolongs life. Living a life with boundaries keeps a person’s steps from evil. It preserves his life. “That you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.” Living a righteous life is the key to preserve life’s longevity. Living righteously prevents a man from crossing paths that leads to death and harm.
Reverence, on the other hand, is rightfully given to God because of who He is. As the creator of heaven and earth, He is to be revered. He deserves it. Reverence to God necessarily stems out from the recognition of God’s sovereignty. Unlike fear of God, reverence should be given by virtue of God’s position and not because of His ability to punish people.
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CRFV was recently appointed as the implementing Civil Society Organization of the Values Restoration Program (Civil Service Commission Announcement No. 40 s. 2013) empowering the organization to deliver its advocacy to all Constitutional Bodies, Departments, Bureaus and National Government Agencies (NGAs); Local Government Units (LGUs); Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) with original charters; and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
There is a nationwide launching and discussion of a common value each week.
The Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) is a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the effort in transforming the Filipino public servant and the local government leadership to subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Values that shall provide our nation, the Philippines, with righteous, incorruptible, and sincere service towards a graft free society through the help and guidance of the word of GOD consistent to the exemplary life of our Lord Jesus Christ.