People tend to act to protect themselves when they feel threatened—in the workplace, in checkout lineups, behind the wheel of a car, strolling down the street, on the bus on the way to work, etc. Fear, real or imagined, motivates.
Those trained to act rather than react—military service men and women, police officers, martial artists (at least some), mediators and counsellors, ambassadors—may protect themselves guided by a commonsensical rationale that is necessary given a real threat.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.—Plato
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.—Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 10:28-31
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.—Aeschylus
Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.—George S. Patton
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.—St. John 15:13
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.—1 John 4:18
The last fear, and the first.
Fear of the Lord is absolute trust in and deference to the Lord. This 'fear' is of a kind that Aeschylus lauded. We are creatures; we are not the Creator. We depend on God for our very existence. God sustains us in being.
If he should take back his spirit to himself, and gather to himself his breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.—Job 34:14-15It is right and just that we, God's children, acknowledge God's sovereignty over us. Jesus is always the faithful Bridegroom. Will we be faithful to the Lord? Love of God casts out all irrational fear.