Be true to God - Pray for strength to stand and walk in the way of God's Word and commandments. What God thinks means far more than what man thinks. How small man is in comparison to God!
Be true to yourself - Give of yourself in friendships (selfsacrificing), but do not give up yourself for friendship (sacrificing your inner convictions and moral principles). Use means to develop your convictions and strengthen your position.
Remember that a true friend seeks your best - If a group or clique pressures you toward worldly attractions, it may be better for you to seek other friends.
Remember that time is of short duration - If the Lord grants you a life of seventy years, how short your years of teen pressure are by comparison. In the light of all eternity, how short teen years appear!
Remember that long-term happiness means more than short-term pleasure - Many teens have life-long sorrow for actions taken by peer group prompting for a moment's thrill.
Lead rather than be led - Try to be a positive influence rather than being led by a negative one.
Understand that retreat is not defeat - If all else fails, step out or walk away from evil peer pressure.
Remember that God's blessing means more than man's persecution - God graciously rewards those who endure persecution for His sake and truth.
Remember that inner thoughts often differ from outward actions - The true thoughts and feelings of the individuals in a peer group often differ considerably from those they are expressing by words and actions in the group.
All forms of deceit are sinful and transgress the ninth commandment. This does not mean, however, that all forms of fiction are wrong. A created poem or story may be written for a variety of
Clique - An exclusive group; a group which excludes others
Which of the following were in the world, but gave a clear testimony of not being of the world?
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
- Psalm 101:5
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
- Proverbs 10:18
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.