The Bible speaks of two kinds of fear. First, there is the fear that is commanded (Ecclesiastes 12:13). This fear involves respect, honor, reverence, and awe. The second type of fear is forbidden (Revelation 21:8). This type of fear is synonymous with dread, alarm fright, and terror. Consider three things the Bible has to say about fear.
First, consider the realm of fear. Many often neglect to do those things they ought to do because of their fear of failure. In the parable of the talents, the one talent man took what he had and hid it in the earth because he was afraid (Matthew 25:25). Many often fear the unknown. This type of attitude can be detrimental not only to individuals but also to congregations (Proverbs 29:18). Men often fear responsibility. A person may neglect to fulfill his responsibility to be a “fisher of men” because of his fear (Luke 5:10). Men often fear old age. But the Bible makes a connection between old age and glory/honor (Titus 2:1-5). Men often fear what others will say (Luke 12:4-7). This type of fear is often followed by wrongdoing (Matthew 26:69-75). Men often fear death, but death can be a gateway to an eternal association with Jesus (Philippians 1:21-23).
Second, consider the result of fear. Fear often prevents a person from doing the will of God. Because of their fear, men often seek to excuse themselves and rationalize their behavior. Fear renders one useless in serving God (Judges 7:3). Fear brings defeat. Peter was initially able to walk on water but he sank when he became fearful (Matthew 14:28-31). Fear can be contagious. (Deuteronomy 20:8; Joshua 14:8). Fear will eventually cause a person to be lost (Revelation 21:8).
Third, consider the remedy for fear. Every Christian must remember that fear is strictly prohibited. As Christians, we have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power (II Timothy 1:7). In order to overcome our fear, we must learn to place our trust in God, not ourselves (Proverbs 3:5-6). We are to take courage in the fact that God is on our side (Psalm 118:60). In order to overcome our fear, we must do those things we are afraid of doing! After all, the more we do something, the more comfortable we become with doing it.