In toxic relationships, what part do you play in the toxic part?

The Importance of Relating
As Much as Possible – Part 2

Scripture Reading:  Romans 12:17-21

Key Verse:  Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

I ended yesterday’s study looking at situations where one person is not putting forth proper efforts in a relationship.  What do we do with toxic relationships?

            First, make sure you are dealing with a toxic relationship.  These relationships do more damage than good to you.  Normally these relationships have been in existence long enough to prove a consistent and negative pattern.  All relationships will have a bump in the road once in a while.  Toxic relationships are bumpy most of the time.  The arguments in toxic relationships turn very personal rather than staying focused on the issue at hand.  Name calling and wild emotional swings are typical characteristics of toxic relationships.

            Secondly, we must do an honest evaluation of our role in the relationship.  Are we blaming the other person for things that we have done or are doing ourselves?  Have we made every effort to settle issues in a calm and Christ like way?  Have we spent days praying about the relationship, seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in how to handle this relationship?  Are we reading the Bible, seeking its wisdom?

            Finally, if we have faithfully put forth a Christ like effort and done as much as possible, then it’s time to walk away.  To continue in a dysfunctional relationship is not what God would call us to do.

Father, grant me your divine discernment in all my relationships.  Help me to, as much as possible, bring peace to every conflict.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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