Peer pressure is nothing new. We have been influenced by others since the beginning and I mean “the beginning” of time. The first time you see someone being swayed by another is in the case of Eve. She was swayed from what she was told because the devil was able to convince her otherwise. Then she, in turn, influenced Adam to follow her path and go against what he had also been told.
The other day at work a gentleman came into the store that I hadn’t seen in a long time. In fact, it had been two years since I had seen him because he had been in jail. I spoke to him and asked how he was doing. While we talked I mentioned to him that he needed to make sure that he stayed away from anyone that he was associating with before he went to jail. He assured me that he had cut those people from his life before he left the store.
We are easily swayed by our “friends” and acquaintances if we are not careful. My mother always told me that “if you lay down with dogs you will get fleas.” I bet you have heard that saying before. It can be a slippery slope when we associate with people that we know are doing wrong. You can look at this situation in two different ways. They can be a bad influence on you OR you can be a good influence on them. In Psalm 1:1-6 it says:
1Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
And in Matthew 24:4 Jesus said:
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.
And in 1 Corinthians 15: 33:
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
It would appear that peer pressure is nothing new. Unfortunately, it will probably be around until the end of time. So, be vigilant in your choice of friends and those you choose to associate with. Be a light to others but be careful not to stumble and fall. Call out to the Lord and ask for his guidance. Matthew 5:16 reminds us to:
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Have A Blessed Day!