Most felons talk tough and put on a big show of being bold and fearless. They tell themselves and others, “Nothin’ scares me, man.” They make threats or brag about violent encounters to intimidate and dominate others, but these events may never have actually happened. They block out from their minds the uneasiness that most people experience when they even think of doing something illegal. Somehow they manage to cut off those feelings of anxiety that prevent the rest of us from doing what we know is wrong.
But the truth is, criminals’ are afraid no matter what they say or how confident they act, and their fears are widespread, persistent, and intense. They are especially afraid of getting caught, injured, or being put down.
In a study of what criminals feared the most, it was found that 57% of criminals fear an armed victim even more than getting caught by the cops. If they hear a 12-gauge shotgun being racked from behind the door, they will quickly leave.
People on the opposite side of this thinking error will respect God and his laws and turn away from evil. Proverbs 14:16 says, “The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.” In other words, hotheaded fools commit crimes in a confident manner, as if no harm will ever come to them. And they gather followers (gang members) who admire their fearless lifestyle and apparent lack of accountability to anyone. We need to counsel such if they don’t fear man, they should certainly fear God. When we fear God, all other fears are settled.
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