2 Chronicles 18:1 (KJV)
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.
We will soon learn that God was not pleased with Jehoshaphat’s affinity with Ahab. However, at this point in Scripture we have heard nothing negative concerning him. He walked with the Lord; led in a movement to publish God’s Word around the land and God had blessed him with both riches and peace.
Jehoshaphat had, as I see it, just one problem; he was too kind. Reaching out to influence Ahab with the Word of God may have been a noble act. But Jehoshaphat didn’t know how to say “No”.
- Maybe he didn’t want to offend Ahab.
- Maybe he was afraid if he said no he would not have another chance to witness to Ahab.
- Maybe he was just not a confrontational type of person
Whatever it was that would have possessed him to agree to go to war with Ahab and even openly make himself the target by wearing royal clothing while Ahab was disguised, Jehoshaphat was playing the fool.
Too many Christians have a Jehoshaphat type personality. They earnestly seek to walk with God and honestly attempt to reach the lost and backslidden but they are too kind to tell them what they need to hear and they are too soft to say “No”. More often than not it leads them, not into the saving of the one they hope to reach, but into their own separation with God.
Jude 1:23 KJV
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
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2 Chronicles 18:1 How to Say “No”
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