Almost all of us have something that we fear. Some of those fears are a little more unique than others. I read about some phobias this week that I'd never heard of before:
Peladophobia: the fear of bald people. Chaetophobia: fear of hairy people. Porphyrophobia: fear of the color purple. Auroraphobia: fear of the northern lights. Calyprophobia: fear of obscure meanings. Odontophobia: fear of teeth. Phobophobia: fear of being afraid.
I think many of us fear the unknown. Many Christians fear being attacked by a hostile world. Parents fear seeing their children targeted in a world that's increasingly hostile to their faith.
But in v. 14, Peter tells Christians facing extreme persecution, "Be not afraid of their terror (intimidation), neither be troubled."
Our response to this world's intimidation and hostility does not need to be fear. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).
In fact, v. 15 says there is a hope that is in us. Our response to this world's hostility should be hope, not fear.