“…the fear of man will prove to be a snare…” Proverbs 29.25
A snare is a dangerous trap, or as Mary Jean teaches, the equivalent of a noose around your neck – choking the life out of you.
The anecdote to fearing people and their opinions or expectations of you is not an assertive training class or joining Toastmasters, or puffing up your independance level. That is a world system for sure. The answer is to fear God alone, trust Him and then love.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” (1 John 4.18 NIV)
The Message translates it this way: The fear of human opinion disables, but trusting in God protects you from that (Prov. 29.25). There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life – fear of death, fear of judgement – is one not yet fully formed in love (1 John 4.18)
Now in pursuit of that kind of Love…J
NOTE TO SELF: Fear of opinion, of rejection, of not having approval not only cripples me, it stops others from being a recipient of the love of God through me. I have handicapped people as I have held the noose in place grasping at what will take my life rather than save it. Ridiculous.