He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)
Our world is filled with pressures: some good, some bad. The pressures we feel to behave responsibly are the positive ones. God places these pressures on our hearts, and He intends that we act according to them. But we also face different pressures, ones that are not from God.
Society seeks to mold us into more worldly beings; God seeks to mold us into new beings, more spiritual beings, beings that are not conformed to this world.
If we desire to lead responsible lives, and if we seek to please God, we must resist the pressures some people seek to impose on us.
We must resist the temptation to do the popular thing (what others think we should do or what other people are doing) and insist instead on doing the right thing.
Finding wise friends will help you stay the course.
“Be decent and fair. But ultimately you have to know how to get work done, whether or not people like you for it” – Sally Field