Proverbs 29:25 says that the “fear of man will prove to be a snare.” Unfortunately, this is a trap that catches us often. While it may be hard to resist, the Bible tells us that a life constrained by the fear of what people will think of you or may do to you, is a life destined for compromise and defeat (1Pt.3:14). Instead, the Bible consistently calls the righteous to be “as bold as a lion” (Prov.28:1). Vanquishing the fear of man can only be attained by having a proper and healthy fear of God.
Jesus told us that if our fear of God is what it ought to be, we won’t fear what people can do to us even if they were to take all that we have (Mt.10:28). God is our ultimate authority. He is the One to whom we will answer. In the long run, pleasing him is all that really matters. Set your sights on living for an audience of One and you will find that you’re avoiding the pain and encumbrance of Proverbs 29:25.