Negative peer pressure is one of those things we blame when we do things we know we shouldn’t. It’s commonly believed young folks fall prey to peer pressure more than adults, but adults are definitely not exempt. I’ve felt myself being led astray by other adults more than I care to mention. Regardless, I think we are all more vulnerable when we leave the sanctuary of our homes, our families, and our churches and go out into the world to school, to play, or to work. The longer we stay out there alone, the greater the chance we’ll get pulled in by the crowd. Since what the “crowd” is up to often seems like a lot of fun, there are many who fall astray and never return. Here’s the bottom line: Negative peer pressure is a tool of the Devil. He uses it to make you double-minded, and once you fall victim, he uses the sin to pull you in and keep you from repenting.
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 6:24a)
“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 12:30)
Choose today to break the tie that’s tempting you to turn away from Christ. Whatever it is, break it, repent, and return to His good and perfect ways.
PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er Jim@JamesKIlby.com