“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
It’s amazing that people will think because a wonderful change has come over you that you must now tolerate and put up with their negative and toxic behavior, the devil is a lie. That is farthest from the truth. Releasing the toxicity is so crucial for the next level of life and this is something that I learned, firsthand. I found myself after I had totally surrendered to my Father’s Will that I had to make a conscious decision to release the toxic people who were divisive, selfish, deceitful, insincere and caused strife. It was hard because, as I have a genuine love for them. But I realized that I was holding on to the relationship because I didn’t want to move on emotions, but the letting go was clearly revealed and then eventually I was forced to move – it was necessary to protect the seed of the vision. I was reminded as I made the transition that when our Father reveals and shift, we must understand, move and then appreciate. The toxic relationships are a door for the adversary to get through to distract, hinder, plot to get you all in your emotions. Toxic people have the ability to poison you to miscarry the vision and possibility that is being birth thru you! Yes, as Believers we are admonished to love, forgive, show mercy and grace to those who have mistreated and devalued us, and this is most certainly the capacity that we should operate in. But that doesn’t mean that they will be sitting in the front row watching life play out in premium, front row seats! Those VIP seats are reserved for those who are authentic, transparent, loyal, add value, value, uplift, support and encourage. And in order for these seats to be filled with these type of people you have to send in the usher to escort those who have not paid the price OUT – as you were paid with a price they haven’t or are willing to pay.
Father, give me wisdom on how to interact and love in this difficult and toxic relationship. I want to love with a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Give me the ability to live in peace and harmony. I may be blind to my own role in toxic relationships. Help me see the truth about myself. You are my shield and defender. Show me how, when and where to erect boundaries in our relationship. Please transform it so that it honors You. In Jesus, I pray. Amen
Contributed by: Pastor Yolanda Douthit
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