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3 Ways to Know You’re Too Nice

“You’re SO nice!”

Ever heard that comment? If you have, you’re probably a little tired of it. Being labeled “nice” seems like a compliment at first, but it can indicate that people don’t respect your boundaries. While this isn’t always the case, there are a few ways to tell if your “niceness” is setting you back.

As believers, we are definitely called to be gentle and compassionate with the people around us. But we are NOT called to be doormats. Jesus Himself was “meek,” the word for “strength under control.” If being nice means allowing others to trespass your boundaries and abuse your time, it’s time to redefine “nice”! Following are three ways to know you are being way too nice, and how to fix them.

 

1. You Don’t Communicate What You Really Think

If, in the name of politeness, you don’t communicate your real thoughts on a topic near to your heart, “niceness” is also dishonesty. There is a way to communicate your opinion without disrespect! However, when we’re scared of conflict, we tend to hide behind courtesy, even when it’s insincere.

Learning to communicate honestly requires learning to embrace conflict. Conflict is not a bad thing; it’s a necessary part of life, and it helps us build positive relationships. If we hide from conflict every time it happens and refuse to communicate with honesty and truth, we’re not only hurting ourselves—we’re damaging our relationships, too.

It’s not mean to share an honest, educated opinion. Nor is it rude to confront someone lovingly about a wrong behavior or offense. Jesus taught us to be both kind and straightforward with the people in our lives.

 

2. You Take on Commitments You Really Don’t Want to Do

You don’t have time to bake cookies for the office party, but they asked, so…you said yes. When you’re unwilling to take the uncomfortable step of saying no, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed with commitments you don’t really want to do! This is also connected to a fear of conflict. It may also indicate a fear of letting people down. Whatever the motive, the root is fear—and fear is not of God!

God wants you to live freely and only embrace the responsibilities He’s called you to do in this season. He gives you wisdom to discern which things you should commit to and which ones you should decline. Saying yes to everything doesn’t make you a better Jesus-follower; in fact, it limits how much energy you have for the things God IS calling you to do. Don’t take on too much in the name of being “nice.” Choose wisely.

 

3. Others Assume You’ll Always Say Yes

If you’ve repeatedly set a precedent of accepting new tasks and commitments, people may begin to abuse your time. This isn’t ill-willed; they simply expect you to be as “nice” as you were before! This is why it’s so important we learn to say no and set boundaries on our time. If you’re single now, it might be easier to spin all the plates. But someday, if you’re married with kids or furthering your career, you won’t have as much time to say yes to everyone. Start setting healthy, God-centered boundaries now and make good habits for the future.

 

It’s possible to be a nice person and still say no to a volunteer opportunity. It’s possible to be nice and confront your friend about an ungodly relationship. It’s possible to be nice and embrace conflict as part of life in a fallen world. It’s possible because when you obey God and follow Him, He gives you a compassionate and kind spirit—even when the task at hand is less than pleasant!

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3 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Theaternerd on January 14, 2018 at 14:17

    I love this! I hate it when Christian women are pressured to be nice all the time! It is so sexist and oppressive! Of course you should be a loving and compassionate person, but that does NOT mean being a doormat!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by bean dip on December 11, 2017 at 21:09

    Yeah I definitely am to nice! I dislike conflict as well! I hate saying no and I hate saying yes sometimes! I won’t stand up for myself when someone accuses me of something or makes fun of me. I’ll just try to brush it off and luagh ,but really I’m trying not to cry or rip somebody’s head off. All my friends say I’m so kind and happy all the time! No way if they spent a day in my head you’d think I’d be plotting to put a snake in my brothers bed or plot the next mean commit I’d like to say to my brother or that annoying kid who won’t leave me alone! See the Bible says it’s wrong to think these things ,but it’s hard! I rarely say them out loud because of fear. But how do I remove the unkind thoughts?

  3. martial_artist_for_Jesus

    Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on December 10, 2017 at 16:30

    That first one is *kinda* me, xD I’m generally too blunt for my own good, but when it comes to *certain* people, I can be sort of a doormat. Which I hate. I do hate conflict too though, so I’m kinda a walking, talking, paradox… Halp?