Who is right with God? There are a few answers to this question that are all correct: those who believe in Jesus, those who love Him, those who trust in Him. Another one that is equally true is “Those who fear Him”.
That’s what Mary says in her song to God after she had become pregnant with Jesus, the Savior of the world. Luke 1:50 says, His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.
Now, this is not a separate requirement from John 3:16, which says that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. This is not separate from Romans 8:28 which says, “those who love Him”. All of these are true simultaneously. Those who believe in Him love Him, trust Him, and fear Him. Now, this is not a fear of a child terrified of monsters. Rather, this is a fear of a child reverent of his loving father. It’s a loving reverence that desires to be right with and not disciplined by the father.
All true believers fear God, through Jesus Christ. And He has mercy on them. And this is true from generation to generation.
Do you fear God? If not, then you must fear Him in a different way. Rather than a loved child should fear a father, you should fear an Almighty King who will bring justice to His enemies. But He extends grace and mercy if you would simply lay down your arms and join His righteous and good Kingdom in faith. Christ died on the cross to secure such a peace. Receive it, and fear Him with love and joy.