The bitter pill
"The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe."It is a weakness worth having all on it's own. But there are certainly some additional difficulties that can make for a compounded problem.
But before I explain, I think the fear of man can manifest itself in more than just the classic image we have of the Christian who tries to please all those he meets, to the point where he has difficulty witnessing, and indeed even living a holy life. To be specific, the fear of man can sometimes be strongest when we try to please those who are worth pleasing (those who we respect and admire as more experienced Christians) so much it ends up amounting to simple "sucking up."
What would you say to a believer who is prone to this kind of fear of man and on top of it seems to habitually succeed at disappointing most of those he "fears." This indeed is a bitter pill.
Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;I would say he had better learn as much of humility as he can because I don't think he feels any wiser for his constant stumbling.
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.