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How often do you find yourself overwhelmed by peer pressure? I mean the very subtle variety….

I won’t invite them to church because ‘they might think I am too religious’. Or – if I say that I am a Christian they will get the wrong impression. Maybe if I go along with ungodly talk or gossip they will realise that I am just like they are!

If this sounds familiar maybe you are being dominated by peer pressure or caught up with a desire to be nice!

2 Timothy 1 v 8 – 10 says

…do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord

Incidentally, this was Paul speaking to the young Timothy. To think that he may have been concerned about being disliked shows that he was no different to many young (and not so young) people.

Paul continues:

but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,

Paul was inviting Timothy to share with him in the sufferings because he knew what he had been called to:

who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

We are called to HIS own purpose. We are no longer our own, so why are so many women entrenched in a longing to be seen as nice?

* We have lost sight of our purpose

We are saved for a purpose. Our lives are no longer our own. We are to serve our Lord without any hindrances or fear of the consequences.

* We have lost sight of our inheritance

As joint heirs with Christ, we will inherit the kingdom. This life is fading away. There is nothing to take with us except souls.

* We have lost sight of our helper

Jesus said ‘I will not leave you as orphans, I am sending you a helper’ The Holy Spirit will help us to be bold for Christ.

Friendship with the world in enmity with God.

As we go along our daily walk with him, remain attentive to His Word and His calling. God doesn’t require us to ‘be nice’ or popular but to speak the truth in grace. We can speak the truth but kindly. Be prepared for the sufferings that are inevitable when standing up for your faith, but remember that you have a helper.

Shine brightly