For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Peer Pressure: Is influence a peer group, observers, or an individual exerts that encourages others to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual.
Peer Pressure is part of everyday life. Peer pressure applies to adults just as it does for children and teens. Sometimes, children, teens and adults base our decisions on what other people will think and say rather than on our own convictions and on what will please God. Even as adults, we’re worried that we’ll be judged or made fun of.
Apostle Paul experienced peer pressure. Jewish Christians believed that Gentiles should be circumcised to be truly saved.
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Apostle Paul stood his ground. He continued to preach that salvation is by grace through faith alone; no further works are required. NOTE: Salvation is free, you don’t need American Express, Visa or Master Card.
Paul was accused of being a self-appointed apostle. It was further asserted that his version of the gospel had never received the Apostles’ approval. (Please read Galatians 2:10)
Despite the pressure, Paul was very clear about whom he served. Christ. God’s approval mattered most, not man’s. Paul made it his goal not to win the approval of people, but of God.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Friends, we should be as Paul. The opinion of people should not matter. Our main concern is to please God, not man. You and I are Christs servants. We are to serve God whether family, people, and friends honor or despise us, whether they slander or praise us.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
That doesn’t mean that you and I shouldn’t consider what people think or say, but ultimately, you and I should make pleasing God our main concern. We want to hear our Savior say,
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Heavenly Father, no matter what others may say or do, give me the courage to be faithful to You today.
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