Definition of peer: some one yo look up to, equal in age or ability.
What is peer pressure? Influence on you for something you wouldn’t do or stop you from doing the things you want to do for example. Drugs, smoking, choice of friends, grades, fashion, attitude, behaviour etc.
Good things you might get pressured on is church but for now we will talk about the negative side.
Where does peer pressure take place? At schools, church, anywhere you are
Facts: + peer pressure isn’t new. It was back in the Bible times e.g. Samson and Delilah
+ The red fern riots happened because of peer pressure
+ Everyone is entitled to freedom of thought and speech
a good saying about the choice of friends- tell me who your friends are ad ill tell you who you are.
It is very very easy to fall into the trap of peer pressure, it’s very hard to say no to it for example it might be hard to say no to popular girls etc. or in some cases you have to do it or you will get into trouble from teachers etc.
Also you might fall into peer pressure because you might get a bad reputation and then its hard to make other friends
There is a difference between friends and acquaintances, friends are the people you hang out with and acquaintances are the people you just say hi and bye to.
If you say no to peer pressure you would likely earn respect than get teased because if you didn’t do anything in Gods eyes your reputation will be ok and you shouldn’t worry unless your blinded by sin its not ok
Peer pressure in the Bible is called temptation or tribulations and as Christians we are proned to it as the devil tries to tempt us and move us away from God instead of the devil wasting his time going to the non-Christians as they are already going into the wrong direction.
John 16:33- it is saying that we are proned to it by living in the world and therefore because we are not of this world there will be more temptations.
We all must learn to act differently; “don’t conform, be transformed” Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:22-24 also don’t be a sheep rather be a leader and LEARN TO SAY NO!!!!!!!!!!!!
In the Bible people who had experienced peer pressure are Noah, Joseph, Job, Abraham.
What do we do to say no? you have to build up your confidence, have a strong personality/faith, think WWJD? And think of the commandments as well, keep your peace while you are saying no, prevent it as much as you can i.e. don’t throw yourself in front of bullets by going to a party that you know there are wrong things there such as alcohol and drugs but you know that you wont do it, you never know so you better off not going, stand up to what you believe in.
If you are under peer pressure you MUST tell someone whether it’s a friend or a priest, servant. Note: you must always tell your father of confession.
Don’t be the pressurer and always say NO!!
Psalm 1 “Blessed is the man who refuses the advice of the evil men, but instead he enjoys reading the law of the Lord and studies it day and night……”
Everything you do should be holy and godly, don’t walk, sit, stand with bad people
1 Corinthians 10:13- God does not place temptation on you more than you can handle.
John 16:33- in the world you will have tribulations and will b troubled, but don’t worry because God will be with you always because He has overcome the world.
+Glory be to God forever and ever Amen.+
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give u peace always in every way.
this was also a youth meeting i attended to use guys mite benifit from it as i did