VOICE OF INFLUENCE
It is natural for people to identify with and compare themselves to their peers or friends, as they consider how they wish to be or think they should be, or what they want to achieve. People are influenced by peers because they want to fit in, be like peers they admire, do what others are doing, or have what others have.
Peers are people of the same age, grace, race, set either at work, school, church or neighborhood e.t.c who have similar interests and tends to influence one another’s conducts, speech or dressing.
To overcome the voice of pressure we must focus on the expectations God has for us instead of the expectations we think others may have for us. When we keep our focus on God, then we can withstand pressure. We can look to him for comfort and for courage. We can bring our hurt and trust that he empathizes. The lord can also equip us to obey him and resist the negative influence of those who can lead us astray.
Give up to a stage of been content with what you have. Continue to develop strong friendships with other believers who can encourage you and support you and for whom you can do the same. Don’t let the world pressures put you down. So many things will happen but be stable and lean on the lord.
The very ones whose social pressure cause you to compromise will despise you for it. They probably respect your convictions, and many of them wish they had the moral stamina to stand alone.
Govern your life by the principles of Christ not pressures. People who engage regularly in prayers and meditation or quality conversation with friends are more likely to overcome daily toxic social pressure. Who are your friends? Whose voice are you listening to? Choose today and choose wisely!