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!