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16 Phrases to Help You Say “No” To Peer Pressure

Resisting temptation and peer pressure is a hard thing to do. Satan is always lurking around trying to snare God’s people. However, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can be victorious over temptation. Here are a few phrases that you can use to say “NO” when peer pressure comes your way!

  1. “No.”
  2. “I’m not really into that kind of thing.”
  3. “It’s against my belief system.”
  4. “I’d rather do something else.”
  5. “I respect myself too much.”
  6. “I’m a leader and being a leader means not always following the crowd.”
  7. “God is the final authority and His Word says no.”
  8. “I don’t see anything good that could come out of that.”
  9. “Why don’t we try this [insert alternative activity] instead?”
  10. “I’m going to have to decline.”
  11. “I won’t do something that could hurt someone else or myself.”
  12. “Absolutely not!”
  13. “It doesn’t make sense to me, so I’m going to have to say no.”
  14. “I love myself too much for that.”
  15. “Please don’t ask me to do dangerous things.”
  16. “I love God too much to do that.”

I’m proud of you for being a leader for God! Saying no to peers isn’t always easy and it takes a lot of courage. When you find yourself in a tempting situation, ask God for strength. Remind yourself:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1)

How do you say “no” to negative peer pressure?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ryleigh on June 15, 2012 at 08:17

    I’m on my school dance team, and the dances they come up with can sometimes be…..suggestive. It took all of my power one practice to say,”I’m sorry. I cannot do that dance because it is against my belief system. IF you guys want to do the dance, you can. But I’m going to sit on the bleachers during halftime.” And guess what! They changed the WHOLE DANCE!

  2. Posted by on November 12, 2011 at 21:30


  3. Posted by on September 1, 2011 at 23:39

    all of this is so true god is my life nd light so i will not do he dont want me to do nd that is doin what others are doin cause that is not me or god or my family..

  4. Posted by on August 17, 2011 at 07:14

    The one I use is “I would, if I wasn’t so awesome.” It lightens people up, and it really brings attention to the fact that what they’re doing isn’t cool or fun and really it’s just a nice way of saying, I have high self-esteem and I’m not going to.

  5. Posted by on August 15, 2011 at 20:34

    Another good one. “yeah . . . no” It’s short (kinda) humorous, and it always works.

  6. Posted by on July 14, 2011 at 18:12

    For a Christian young women’s class that we did in school this year (I’m homeschooled), we had to write down 10 different phrases that could help us say no in a tempting situation. I wish I could find that piece of paper that I have mine written on right now… but, oh, well. I do remember a few different phrases that I wrote down. Here they are:

    “I would say love and respect go hand-in-hand, don’tcha think?”

    “This ring on my finger (purity ring) means I’ve made a promise that I am not willing to break for anyone, even you.”

    “Would you be doing this if you knew that my daddy was watching us?”

    (and my favorite…. 🙂 )

    “Believe me… I look much better with my clothes on.”

    • Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 16:54

      I love it! 🙂 I’m gonna have to use those when I start dating… ;D

    • Posted by Nicole on July 14, 2011 at 21:31

      that is SO cute Abbey! I love it! 🙂

  7. Posted by on July 14, 2011 at 09:16

    i am glad that u posted this!!! i love everything u post, aysha!!!! i don’t do things that i know arent right!!!! this helps me even more!!!!!

    • Posted by on July 14, 2011 at 09:17

      oh wait….. wording error there!!!!!! i meant to say “i TRY not to do things that arent right”

  8. Posted by on July 5, 2011 at 13:14

    “Be the One” by Steven Sexton is about being a leader for Christ in today. I strongly encourage EVERYONE to read it!!! Go to http://www.stevensexton.com/ to find out more!!

  9. Posted by on July 4, 2011 at 14:40

    I’m usually pretty good at peer pressure, but I’m also naive, and so sometimes, I might break a rule, because I see others doing it and think it’s okay. It’s tough, in this world today, to completely avoid peer pressure. All of us stumble into it, it’s all a matter of how we react. The best thing we can do is firmly refuse and walk away. I pray we’ll all have the strength to do just that.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 7, 2011 at 16:15

      that’s exactly right Katie! We all fall into it, just remain who you are, be comfortable with your own values and confidence, and lean on God and he will deliver you from temptation!

  10. Posted by on July 4, 2011 at 08:57

    Really? That’s what happen’s when you have a solid relationship with God.

  11. Posted by on July 3, 2011 at 20:02

    i go to christian school thankfully, but some of the kids there are falling into to peer pressure…. thankfully im blessed with true friends who want the best foe me. thanks nicole im going to use some of those phrases!!

  12. Posted by on July 2, 2011 at 17:33

    I say no to peer pressure by remembering the verses about temptation and God speaks to me. When the enemy wants me to do something that is wrong, I hear another voice that says,”You know better than that” or “Don’t do that”

  13. Posted by on July 2, 2011 at 17:22

    I love “I respect myself too much.” I’m going to use it 🙂

  14. Posted by on July 2, 2011 at 12:27

    Im pretty open with most of my friends. I like to have fun, but they already know what I wont be a part of. Normally, I just walk away and find someone else to hang out with. If there isn’t anyone else around, im pretty easy going. I have no problem being my myself. I guess because im an only child.

    Self-respect is a great answer to peer pressure! People may think your odd for saying “no” for religious reasons, but people will respect & look up to you for a comment like that, even if they dont admit it or tease you for it. It shows your not afraid to be different. And for teens, fitting in is a HUGE deal.