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What is peer pressure?

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 

Peer pressure is when you’re overly influenced or controlled by the opinions and values of others.

Who experiences peer pressure?

We all struggle with peer pressure, we however must overcome it.

Ask yourself these diagnostic questions to see if you succumb to peer pressure;

  1. Are you a people pleaser?
  2. Are you over committed because you can’t say no?
  3. Are you overly dependent on people for love, affection, and acceptance?
  4. Do you sometimes boast, exaggerate, or even lie in-order to make yourself look good?
  5. Are you overly sensitive to criticism?
  6. Are you afraid other people might consider you a failure?
  7. Do you often second guess decisions because of what others might think?
  8. Are you easily embarrassed?
  9. Do you struggle with jealousy and envy?

Now if you’ve answered yes to anyone of the above questions then you also struggle with peer pressure. It’s not only teenagers who struggle with peer pressure, adults also do, and preachers alike. 

These are the kinds of peer pressure we do face;

  • Moral peer pressure.
  • Intellectual peer pressure.
  • Social peer pressure.
  • Religious peer pressure.

What are some sources of peer pressure? 

  1. Friends and family.
  2. Educators of all kind.
  3. Work or school environment.
  4. Social Media.
  5. The Church.

What are the root causes of our capitulation to peer pressure? 

  1. The fear of man, which brings a snare.
  2. Idolatry: we think people can meet our ultimate needs and that God cannot.
  3. Succumbing to sinful peer pressure is self-destructive.

How can a Christian overcome peer pressure?

  • Build self-esteem.
  • Repent of your sinful fear of man
  • Cultivate only the fear of God and love for God.
  • Honour God by choosing wise peers.
  • Be prepared to stand alone.

Those who overcome peer pressure are most blessed of God.

God bless you,

Laurence 

 

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