Three Type of Fears

Three Type of Fears

What is fear? Fear is an emotion. It is a painful and threatening emotion related to danger.  However, were you aware that there are three different type of fears? Let’s review each; shall we?

Fear # 1Natural Fear

type of fear # 1 natural fearNatural fear is the one that protects you from a situation; so they say. However, fear doesn’t really protect. It is the natural fear that anyone has pertaining a dangerous situation. For example, a serpent coming right out you or hearing a gunshot. This is the type of fear that domestic violence also experiences. It doesn’t have to be physical. It also enters through the ear; as to what one hears. It’s the type of fear that makes you jump off your seat if you see something burning. This fear makes you react.


Fear #2 Fear of respect and honor.

type of fear # 2 fear of respect and honorFear of respect and honor is where we are obedient to the Lord. For God is love and there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  Nobody is perfect.  As you read the word “fear” below, replace it with “respect” or “honor” and see how it sounds.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding (Psalm 111:10).

But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases. He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store. That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him. God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me (Job 23:13-16).

Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling (Psalm 2:11).

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever (Psalm 19:9).

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name (Psalm 86:11).

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Fear #3 Slaved fear

type of rear # 3 Slaved fearSlaved fear is the most common one people live by each single day. It is the fear that brings worries to your daily life. In the spiritual world, it is a form of captivity. Itt is also a form of being a prisoner. Fear is what drives souls to destruction. Nobody should let fear into their minds. From the mind, it leads to the soul and spirit. You are no slave! You decide to drop this captivity by taking action and steps of faith. Or will you let your soul be a slave? One of the most common fears is “being loved”. This is ironic but very true.


Ask yourself:

What type of Fear governs your life?

What will you do to change that?


11 Responses

  1. Todd Matthews says:

    I would’ve thought natural fear was the most common, but I can definitely see why slaved fear is the most common. You see a lot of worry in the world today, and for what? Things beyond our control. We can worry, but when our worries are out of our control, why even bother? 

    I would have to say slaved fear is the biggest one in my life. But honestly, I just have to focus on things I can control and not give so much thought into what I can’t control, for what I can control will go a lot further than what I have no control over. 

  2. Mike says:

    Slaved fear!!

    100% the most common one for me! I actually recently just quit my job (I’m 30 years old) and it’s the first time I’ve been without  formal education or job… ..ever. 

    I can only put it down to slaved fear and the fear of not having enough money or stuff… God knows what for!

  3. Roland says:

    The types of fear you have talked about here are spot on and exactly according to the way they affect us. Fear of honor and respect is the greatest kind of fear and anyone who has that would do the wishes of God. Fear God and respect his words and through that, one would never ho astray or lead a life that is not worthy. Natural fear is the one associated with us as individuals and things around us that has shaped our worldview. Nice one and thumbs up

  4. Dane says:

    The concept of fear in the life’s  of someone is very crucial. Fear when its for God would always make man mend his easy and never sin because he/she wouldn’t want to face the wrath of God. But the fear of man shouldn’t be domineering in the heart of a man because it is only an allusion that we can get hurt which in on probability. For me fear for God alone should be what dominates our mind and not for humans. A really wonderful post. 

  5. Hope Getrude says:

    Tackling fear is the toughest thing to do especially if its fear of failure. I can’t count how many time I let opportunities pass me just because I thought I couldn’t pull of off something like that. Most people deny identifying their fears because they think they are making wise decisions by playing it safe.

  6. Charles says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post ,Fear is such a bad state of mind that deals with our mental strength and physcology. Most of the types of fear you listed here are spot on. I do fear of respect and honor while in high school but I have been able to conquer that. 

  7. Mattias says:

    Hmm.. You are really spot on with the information provided on here concerning the concept of fear and the various types of it. It is normal for us all to fear because it is part of what shapes us to who we are as humans but having a slaved fear is the worst kind. It limits our potentials and ends up giving us anxiety and stress. We begin to ceat unimaginable situations in our head and giving in to them. Great post

  8. Ibrahim says:

    I think you missed one, fear of failure.  A lot of people are so afraid of failure that don’t even try.  This is going to sound silly, but it made me think of talking to girls when I was younger.  I was terrified of being rejected so I never put myself out there.  There was even one day when this girl who is now my wife, told me I looked really nice one day. 

    When she said it, she said it in front of her friends, and I thought, “there is no way this girl likes me”  and she has her friends there so they are just here to make fun of me.  I never knew how wrong I was till we reconnected and got married a decade later.  She said she cried that night because she thought I didn’t like her and since I thought they were making fun of me, I went home. 

    It turns out that there were a lot of girls that were interested in me, I just didn’t apply myself.  I always tell my nephews not to be afraid of failure, because there is no greater teacher that exists.

  9. RoDarrick says:

    This is a very interesting and excellent post. Truly fear is great but it has power only when one gives it too much respect. The fear of the Lord truly is the beginning of wisdom and I respect the words of the Lord because I have realised that only the Lord is capable of doing everything and making things possible and as such, when one loves Him, we begin to obey his commandments and then, things go well with us.

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