Proverbs 30:5 NKJV
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Many of the Jewish leaders wanted to follow Jesus, but they failed to turn to him, “for they loved human praise more than praise from God” (Jn 12:43). Fear of man is a deadly curse of the sin nature and makes the world go around in the kingdom of darkness. It is the fear of man that makes people compromise on what they believe. It is the fear of men that causes men and women to look to others and public opinion to know what to think about things. The fear of man has not only kept some people out of the Church but has also driven some into the Church under false pretenses in times when the Church was strong.
But the fear of man will always prove to be a snare for anyone who does not truly learn to root her identity in Christ and in her adoption as a child of God. This person can trust “in the Lord” and be “kept safe.” The snare of the “fear of man” is one that rarely lets go of those who fall captive to it. Trusting in the Lord will keep one out of it because, as Christ said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). To fear the Lord is to trust him. To trust him is to be kept from the snare.
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