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I have been a little MIA (Missing In Action)…but I’m back and I’m trying not to let my schedule overwhelm me to the point where I don’t make time to Blog, which I enjoy a lot!
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I thought that peer pressure was only for kids. Really, I did, like once you grew into a young adult, say between the ages of 17-21, that you will pretty much be “home free” from having to deal with pressure from your peers. Not true at all so this may be a release for a young adult who is currently going through it and thinking that an adult, say a parent or grandmother, are no longer dealing with it and won’t be able to relate. Well, unfortunately, no matter how old you are, you will experience peer pressure, but the good news is, when you mature in your spiritual walk with Christ and understand that you don’t have to conform to what other people are doing or trying to get you to do, there is a peace that you will rest in.
Peer pressure as a kid feels like you have to do it because most kids do not have the knowledge of what their options are unless they have been taught what they are in varies situations growing up. But the first rule always points first to the company that you keep. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” So, check your friends and I say that loosely because the people that you refer to as friends will not pressure you into doing something that you are not comfortable doing. Furthermore, if they know your character, personal beliefs when it comes to your spirituality, morals and values, they will never try to mislead you. Real friends love the “God in you” and respect the God in you
AT ALL TIMES….
Not only behind “closed doors”…then when you are out in public, they magically conform to every environment or group of people you come in contact with sometimes even denying you or the association that they have with you. Just like Peter in the bible, for example. He denied Christ as a result of hanging out with the wrong crowd and Jesus told him, the night before his crucifixion that Peter would deny him, not 1, not 2 but 3 times (Matthew 26:31-35;69-75). Was it the pressure that got to Peter hanging out with a man who proclaimed to be the “Son of God”, the “Messiah”, the way and the truth and the life…?” John 14:6. Was it because Jesus was so different and had so many people against him so it was easier to go with the crowd then to walk in agreement with Jesus
No pressure, huh?
Yeah right, it was TONS of pressure and think about how stressful that might have felt to Peter…BUT…the point is, he allowed the pressure to get to him but he had a choice and so do you. And don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t because you always will! The beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit is that God says that he will teach you the way and what to do in all things…even in the mist of peer pressure! But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you John 14:26. What comfort, what LOVE! You see, God loves us and HE protects us at all times when we accept HIM as our Lord and Savior, HE lives inside of us giving us direction on how to deal with every aspect of life! And if that means you have to stop associating with a certain person or group of friends in order to honor the most important relationship in your life which is the relationship with your heavenly Father, then pray to God for strength, and let it go. And in due time, HE will bring you amazing friends who will honor you and love you just the way you are because remember…
Real Friends Who Love You = No Pressure!
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