“The fear of man brings a snare” (Prov 29:25; Gal 2:12).

Peter and the other disciples were scared and denied knowing Jesus (Mt 26:31-36,69-75). Before we condemn them, we must ask ourselves if we have acted in a similar way. Although many people secretly believed in Jesus, they did not openly acknowledge this, fearful of the consequences (Jn 12:42,43). The cowards who turn back from following Christ, making a consistent denial of faith will be excluded from heaven (Mt 10:33; Rev 21:8).

See also: fear, peer pressure.

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