Episode 21 – Why I don’t have a problem saying NO

Are you the kind of person that is always saying “yes” when you don’t really want to?

Do you ever say “yes” with the intention of backing out later?

It may feel like it is easier to “be nice” and yes to a person’s face, but there is a danger in that!

In today’s episode, we dig into scripture to see what Jesus has to say about making promises we don’t intend on keeping.

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Episode Scripture

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Matthew 5:33-37 English Standard Version

Big Picture Take Away

Your character should be of such integrity that others can just your plain words as the truth.

When you say “YES,” that means you are saying,

  • “I will show up.”
  • “I will work hard.”
  • “I will be comitted.”
  • “I can be counted on to use the talents and abilities God game to complete the task I agreed to.”

Is this true of you? If not, what do you need to change about the way you are living to live out Jesus’s command in Matthew 5:33-37?

Practical Application


Be the kind of mom whose kids know you mean what you say and you say what you mean.

  • No more empty threats.
  • No more bribes to solicit good behavior.

You will be amazed at how much less conflict you experience and how much more obedient your children become when they know the outcome of a situation – both the rewards and the consequences.



  • Don’t agree to take on responiblites that you aren’t sure you can actually handle
  • Stop saying yes to “be nice” knowing that you are going to cancel later
  • It’s not that you will never say “yes” when you’d rather say no, but you will do it knowing that you are committed to doint what you said you will do!

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