John 12:42–43 (ESV): "42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God."
The fear of man is a powerful tool the enemy uses to keep people in bondage to sin and death. Why let finite humans control what you think and how you live? Only give God that right in your life!
The Scripture declares that the many religious leaders and prominent Jews observed what Jesus did and heard His message and believed but were afraid to confess Him for fear of being put out of the synagogues. They were afraid of being black-listed by their community. They would have been completely ostracised affecting their family, friends, and finances. Many believed but would not risk their earthly lives and livelihoods for Jesus! They loved the glory of man more than the glory of God.
Beware of the snare of the fear of man Christian! The enemy will use it to keep you from sharing the Gospel. He will also use it to keep people who believe in Jesus from confessing Him. One must not only believe but also receive Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. Don't lose heart. Keep on sharing and living out loud for the Lord. Those who fear God will be free and those who fear man will be forever stuck in a place of trying to please the creation rather than the Creator. Stay the course no matter what! Amen?
Father, we thank You for directing our steps in this life. Keep us from the snare of the fear of man. May we fear You alone that we might get free and stay free. Your name be praised and glorified we pray in Jesus' name, amen.