If you're around a toddler when he's discovering his independence, you'll hear "No!" repeatedly.
But there are times when saying "no" repeatedly is a mature thing.
In fact, Scripture tells us that God's grace teaches us to say "No!" repeatedly.
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age" Titus 2:11-14.
God's grace gives us the power to say "No" to all those things that are selfish, careless, stupid, and destructive no matter how much they appeal to our human nature (Ephesians 3:20).
And we have a wonderful motivation to say "No":
Jesus died to "purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good" (Titus 2:14).
Ponder that for a few minutes - we are His very own.
So let's listen to our Lord and our Teacher and just say "No!"
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