Proverbs 29:25 "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." As you may have guessed, today I'm talking about fear of man. Now you may be thinking, what on earth does "fear of man" mean and what does it have to do with a purity blog? Well, that's exactly what I intend to show you with this post.
What is "fear of man"? Fear of man is essentially, peer pressure or the pressures of society to think, act, dress (etc) a certain way. For instance when your boyfriend says "if you love me you will do this," that's peer pressure. When the media says you need to be a size two to be beautiful and you feel pressured to lose weight? That's peer pressure. When we get caught up in peer pressure, and let pleasing others take hold over us, we often get pulled away from God's will. It's like what Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, no one can serve two masters. You either please God, or you please the world. Peer pressure will push you to do things you want to do, just to be accepted. But God has already accepted you. And the last part of Proverbs 29:25 says if he trust in him we will be kept safe!
What does "fear of man" have to do with purity? Well it's really quite simple. The world pressures us in the area of purity to do things we don't want to do. Any given tv show treats purity as if it's worthless. Media says if you don't have a boyfriend, you're doing something wrong. Friends may even pressure you in this area, sharing personal experiences and telling you "try it, it's fun" or calling you weird because you're a virgin. Jen has already addressed the fact that guys may feed you the lies of "if you love me you would..." All of that, yes all of it, is peer pressure! And if you let it, it well dwell in your mind and make you feel alone and helpless, like you have no other choice. But you do! You can choose to tell peer pressure it has no place in your life. You can tell those lies you don't believe a word of it. Girls, you have to choose your master. Are you going to let people pressure you into doing something you don't wanna do? Or are you going to stand up for yourself? It all comes down to this, the world's way, or God's way?