4 And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! (Luke 12:4–5, NKJV)
Fear is a powerful emotion. It stirs adrenaline, often evoking a fight or flight reaction. But, fear can be misplaced. We can fear the wrong things for the wrong reasons. Jesus calls our attention to this fact. He commands us to rule over our fear of men, their threats and their retaliations because of our faith. We fail to function with eternity in view when we fear men instead of God. The power of men is limited to this physical world, but, God dwells in eternity. Therefore, we ought to fear displeasing Him, since He has power over both temporal and eternal life. The punishment of hell is real, and reserved for those who fear men more than fearing God and obeying Him. Believe the words of Jesus. With all reverence, fear God more than men. Follow God instead of men (Acts 5:29).