The Bible says that the fear of man brings a snare. It is an oppressive feeling to live in the fear of someone else. Only the Lord can set us free from the fear of man.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.
As you learn to trust Him then you will see that you do not have to be afraid of man.
Psalm 56:10,11 In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Only the fear of the Lord can set you free from the fear of man. If you fear Him then you need not have to fear anyone else.
Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who greatly delights in His commandments.
The Lord wants to teach you to fear Him through His Word.
Psalm 119:38 Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.
You are blessed if people revile you because you are a Christian. Do not be intimidated. Remember who you are, a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
I Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,
The Lord does not want you to fear anyone but if you live according to His ways then people will fear the Lord by not wanting you around when they do evil.
Deuteronomy 11:25 No man will be able to stand before you; the Lord your God will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you.
However, you must look to the Lord and not to others. He will protect you and be your defense. He will never forsake you but will help you when you need Him.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
If you do not fear the Lord then often times you will be tempted to have irrational fears.
Psalm 53:4,5 Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge,
Who eat up My people as though they ate bread
And have not called upon God?
There they were in great fear where no fear had been;
Finally, the Lord Himself is for you.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
You are the apple of His eye.
Zechariah 2:8 …for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.