In life, we are often faced by situations that expects us to make firm and sometimes difficult decisions. Be it in our relationships, careers, spirituality or simply among our peer friends, it can be really hard to stand strong for our beliefs and choices especially when they might ‘offend’ or ‘not sit well’ with others. Sometimes, we feel guilty for saying no t what others would want us to do, and we can end up feeling as if saying no is a weakness. However, the good news is that the Bible has addressed saying ‘no’ numerous times in the Bible.

It is very dangerous to say ‘yes’ to something or someone when we should be saying no. As human beings, we have a limited amount of time, resources and energy. If we say yes to everything, we will end up exhausted, empty, and sometimes even bitter. Therefore, when faced with situations that require us to say no, it is best to turn to the Bible for guidance and inspiration. There is divine strength in being able to say ‘no’ when necessary and not being powerless and cornered ‘yes machines’.

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Matthew 5:37 says ‘Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.’. This means that our decisions and answers should be clear, on-point and firm. Being in-between is not godly. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 , the Bible says that no temptation has overtaken us that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let us be tempted beyond our ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that we may be able to endure it. Whenever you are faced by a situation that needs difficult decision, pray for God’s guidance and direction.

Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. This is such an insightful guide when faced with indecisive moments. Whatever decision we make, it should be for the greater glory of God.

The Scriptures urge us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and not to lean on our own understanding. When we trust God for His purpose and plan for us in His kingdom, He will make straight our paths and we won’t need to make hard decisions on our own.

Whatever tough situation you are facing today, please know that you can’t trust in God to help you make the right decision and say a frim no where necessary.

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