Devotional: Peer Pressure
Children's Devotion on coping with Peer Pressure
We have all faced this at some stage of our lives. The key is not to give in to it. Peer pressure is worse when we are young. We all so much want to be accepted. We want to be with the 'in-crowd', but the 'in-crowd' may not be the crowd we should be with.
It is far better to have 1 or 2 really close friends than to have many friends that don't really care about how we feel, or what we believe. If all they want to do is to have 'fun', not caring if it's right or wrong or if it may hurt anybody, then it's best not to go along with them.
People only tease other people to get them to do the 'wrong things' that they want to do. If you don't go along with them, you face ridicule.
But I say, 'who cares what they think'. Just keep doing what you know is right and don't worry about what the others think. You don't need to give in to peer pressure. You don't need to please others – just please the Lord.
Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. - Romans 12: 2 (MSG)
Others may try and get us to do
What we feel may not be right,
Don't give in to the pressure to please,
But do what pleases Christ.
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