Cast Out Fear of Rejection
The context of this command warns us that there will be those who reject us because of our relationship to Christ and His message: “Ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake . . .” (Matthew 10:22). We can rejoice in suffering reproaches for Christ’s sake; it is certainly not something we should fear. (See II Corinthians 12:10 and Acts 5:41.)
However, more often than fearing rejection for Christ’s sake, we fear personal rejection by others. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man bringeth a snare . . . .” The danger of this trap is the temptation to compromise our Godly convictions or be silent about the truth of God in order to gain acceptance from others. Therefore, we must give our reputations to God and focus on what He thinks about us.
“. . . Who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die . . . and forgettest the Lord thy maker . . . ?” (Isaiah 51:12–13).