Fear Free of Peer Pressure
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Peer Pressure – haven’t we all faced it at some time in our lives? When we do, or say things just to fit in, to be included, even if we don’t agree with what’s being said or done? It’s hard not to be fearful of what other people say or think about us.
The Bible has a lot of examples of people who struggled with this fear but were able to still be brave enough to speak up for the truth and stand for Jesus. They definitely couldn’t have done this on their own!
Let’s look at the life of Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. Along with the others, Peter spent all his days learning from and following Jesus. He tried to be like Jesus in everything he said and did. Peter loved Jesus very much, and even told him, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison, and even die for you!”
Later that same night, Jesus was arrested by those who hated him and wanted to put him to death. Peter followed at a distance to the place where Jesus was being taken. Though he tried not to draw any attention to himself, he was recognized three times! Different people said, “We know who you are, you are one of Jesus’ followers!” All three times, Peter said, “What are you talking about, I don’t know Jesus at all!” As soon as Peter said this, he felt so ashamed and sad that he ran out and cried a lot. (Luke 22: 54-62)
Let’s travel now to Acts chapter 4. We see this same fearful Peter, who had earlier denied that he ever knew Jesus, standing in front of crowds of people, boldly preaching about Jesus! He didn’t seem to care who heard him, or what could happen to him. In fact, when some officials warned him not to preach, he told them, “Obeying God, and doing what is right in his eyes, is more important to me than anything else.” What had happened to make Peter so fearless?
We know that Jesus died, but rose after three days. He was then taken up into heaven in a cloud (Acts 1:9) He knew his disciples would be sad and needed help to keep living for him and obeying him. So, before he left, he promised them that he would send a Friend to comfort them. Who was this Friend? He was the Holy Spirit, who, as Jesus promised came not just to comfort, but to give the disciples wisdom and understanding, courage to speak out, willingness to serve God, and many other wonderful gifts.
Do you know that the same Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is with you today? In times when you feel under pressure, afraid to speak out, or stand up for what is right, he will make you fearless.
You will be able to say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)
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