How do I deal with peer pressure?
Peer pressure is not respective to gender, child, adolescent, or adults.
Peer pressure is the direct influence on people by peers who are intimidated and encouraged to follow their peers by changing their attitude, values, and behaviors to those of the influencing group.
Much of peer pressure relates to self esteem. People with high self esteem seem to ward off some of these attacks. While others with low self esteem may experience a greater degree of pressure. Look for parents, friends, Christian mentors, who will encourage you to do good and make the correct decisions.
Don’t be afraid to be a person who will take a stand for what you know is right.
You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When called upon be strong in character, not easily swayed by the affluent, don’t slant your position, be honest and confident with your position.
The best way to handle peer pressure is to first commit yourself to pleasing God and to stay faithful to him. Pray in advance, asking Jesus to keep you from these difficult circumstances. Jesus loves you and does not want you to be tempted to sin. He will give you the strength to overcome a sinful nature if you trust and are faithful to him.
Additional scripture references:
Exodus 23: 2-3
Esther 3: 2-3
Daniel 3: 1-30
2 Corinthians 6: 8-10
Article by LRL