Sadie Robertson and Kolby Koloff offered some practical wisdom from the book of Proverbs during week six of "The New Different." The two teenagers have been producing video devotionals every Monday on various topics and passages of Scripture.
Knowing first-hand that a teenager's peers can have an immense influence on them, Sadie Robertson and Kolby Koloff offer their predominately young fan base wisdom for developing friendships with others. The girls read from Proverbs 22:24-25:
"Don't befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul" (New Living Translation).
While the term "peer pressure" often has a negative connotation, Robertson explains, it can be both negative and positive - "Bad peer pressure is just as equally powerful as good peer pressure," she says. Just as hanging around bad-tempered people will likely make you a more negative person as well, Robertson notes that hanging out with encouraging people will probably have a positive effect on you.
Koloff challenges viewers to take a look at the values and morals of their five closest friends in order to examine what they put their faith into and how they spend their time. Evaluate whether your friends' interests are what you want to put your faith, time, and strength into, she says - "eventually [you] will, because you become the people you hang around."
Robertson also encourages teens to hold their own and to stand up for their beliefs, despite peer pressure to conform to worldly behavior. She and Koloff seem to be following their own advice, and have become mature young women and positive role models for others. "Hang out with good people and they'll peer-pressure you into being a better person," Robertson says.