I talk to a lot of people. I always have. People just seem to feel comfortable approaching me, telling me about themselves, their life or their problems... talking to me about God.
It's funny, though. I don't think I've ever met anyone who would describe his or her self as a bad person. I mean, we all have our problems, our struggles, and our bad days; but rarely will we ever come to the place of saying, "I'm a bad person."
Usually, we defend or justify our less than admirable characteristics or behaviors (if even just to ourselves or to God). It's okay that we have this or that problem because we are good in so many other areas; or we've endured so much that it's okay to reward ourselves with a little wickedness now and then.
Psalms 36:2 describes the wicked as people who like themselves enough to overlook the evil that comes out of them, to be willing to lie for the sake of making themselves look good.
The Psalmist describes the underlying fault of the wicked person: that there is no fear of God in them.
But, fear is bad thing, right?
Do we really want to fear God?
To fear God and to Keep His Commandments.
But, John tells us that perfect love casts out all fear!
There is no fear where love exists. Rather, perfect love banishes fear, for fear involves punishment, and the person who lives in fear has not been perfected in love.
I think that, maybe, it comes down to the fact that we don't see ourselves as wicked when we really are.
In 2nd Corinthians 7:1, Paul describes a process of cleansing ourselves from all defilement of the flesh, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. It's important to remember that Paul's talking to believers here, not "the wicked" (as we would tend to define them).
The people who we would tend to define as wicked have no reason to fear God. I mean, either they don't really believe in Him at all, or the god that they believe in is as subject to their whimsical definition as they are. But, people who have come to know the love and power of the Living God, well, when we see ourselves in the light of His Holy Word, maybe there's a good reason to have some healthy anxiety.
Perfect love casts out fear.
But, we're not there yet. Thus, growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, causes to recognize the importance of reverencing the Holiness of God, and giving us a healthy measure of foreboding.
Nobody likes to be afraid.
There's financial industries that make trillions of dollars that only offer a sense of security in return. The motivation to not be afraid is a strong one. But, choosing to not be afraid because we don't like the feeling is a dangerous response. No fear, for the sake of not fearing, prevents the work of the Spirit of God (at least, according to 2nd Corinthians 7).