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Knowing When To Say No

Text:
Matthew 25:6-10; 2 Samuel 13:11-13

Memory Verse:
“But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’” (Matthew 25:9).

No is a negative word, a refusal and a denial. As simple as this two letter word is, it is many times difficult to say especially to people that are dear to you. It often creates a bad feeling and even enmity. It is, however, important to know and learn when to say no! The 10 virgins had the same mission, which was to go in with the Bridegroom. They knew there would be a wait, but not how long it would be. They all fell asleep as they waited and, even when they were awakened by the cry of His approach, no one still knew exactly when He would arrive. A good picture of this is how varied the time it takes for the entrance of new couples is, as they dance into the reception hall. The refusal of the five wise virgins to share, therefore, made sense; otherwise, like they said, they all may have run out of oil! Proverbs 1:10 also advises, “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” A good example of this is in the story of Tamar and her half brother, Amnon, in 2 Samuel 13. Amnon, with the help of an evil friend, had schemed how to satisfy the love he thought he had for Tamar. This “love” was, in reality, lust which turned to hatred and led to his untimely death (2 Samuel 13:32). He should have said no.
You must live cautiously and know when to say, ‘No’ as you run the Christian race. Do not allow yourself to be derailed by anyone.

Prayer Points:
1. May I be sensitive and weigh every request, so that I will not derail my Christian journey.
2. May I be sensitive so that I can always know when to say “No”.

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