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Peer Pressure: How to Avoid it and How to Survive it

Here are some ways to resist peer pressure:

  • Surround yourself with like-minded people. Spend your free time with peers who have similar values. This way you’ll be less likely to encounter people who’ll try to pressure you into doing things that aren’t in tune with your beliefs. Remember, “bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33.)
  • Know your weaknesses. Don’t knowingly put yourself in situations where you’ll be tempted. For instance, date in groups so that you won’t be tempted to have sex before you’re married or only go to parties where you know that alcohol won’t be served.  Keep in mind that “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8.) Satan searches for ways to try to make you stumble, so avoid placing yourself in tempting situations.
  • Plan ahead. Make an exit plan in advance. Know what you’ll do when you find yourself faced with temptation. Share your exit plan with friends in advance so that you can all be in agreement.
  • YOU be the example! Let others know up front that you won’t be easily persuaded to do ungodly things. Going against the group might seem a little scary at first, but remember, “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7.) Once people know that you stand for God, they’ll eventually stop trying to persuade you to do things that are against your belief system. They may try to test you at first, but stand firm and you’ll notice that soon the pressure will begin to decrease. Remember, “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7.)
  • The MOST IMPORTANT thing that you can do to survive peer pressure is to PRAY daily. Ask God for strength, wisdom, protection, and favor everyday.

Peer pressure will always be present. Believe it or not, even as an adult I STILL face peer pressure! Friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances and even strangers sometimes try to get me to do things that I know aren’t of God. However, knowing God’s Word really helps me.

Here’s a tip: buy a book that outlines scripture to use during specific situations. Sometimes it’s hard to navigate the Bible when temptation is right there. A book like God’s Promises will help you find needed passages quickly. This helps me a lot and I hope it helps you, too!

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11 Comments

  1. lovescats

    Posted by lovescats on December 2, 2012 at 20:58

    Hi

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by lorenaramos on May 14, 2012 at 23:50

    I sometimes feel peer pressured to have sex with my bf. I stopped having sex with him because i have become closer to god. I thought he was okay with it,, until he told me he watched porn. I got extremely upset and sometimes feel that I should have sex so he wont watch those nasty things. I Realize and hear god and know its not right. I talked to my bf and he said he wont do it never again. It just hurts so much, and I feel so worthless. Any suggestions?

  3. Posted by on July 5, 2011 at 18:05

    I know when i was to do many things, to drink alcohol(which i didn’t), to smoke weed, to listen to secular music like everybody else and so on. But thank God that i stood my ground, stood firm in my faith and continually with much of God’s strength doing so.

  4. Posted by on June 16, 2011 at 07:32

    My first year of high school as a freshman I was peer pressured into giving people my homework.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 17, 2011 at 22:25

      that’s terrible!! don’t let them use your amazing work!

  5. Posted by on June 11, 2011 at 12:24

    I get peer pressure to have my hair straight and liking certain songs and it sucks. 🙁

  6. Posted by on June 8, 2011 at 11:39

    this is a great article it really helps me because i am in middle school and i feel like there is someone being peer pressured around every corner. for example i know this one guy who was peer pressured into doing drugs and it really is very sad

  7. Posted by on June 8, 2011 at 10:26

    This is an inspiring and encouraging article. Thanks Aysha!

  8. Posted by on June 8, 2011 at 03:19

    i have an emergency verse guide which i laminated (very handy).

    thank you for the wonderful article=)

    • Posted by Nicole on June 8, 2011 at 13:34

      Catherine- would you mind sharing this with us? I would love to see it! If it’s posted on here it will help many other girls!