Got a “toxic” person in your life? Give ‘em the boot….
The Bible commands us to forgive (Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 4:31-32) but there does come a time when we must choose shalom/peace of mind over certain toxic relationships.
If a person is a conniving liar, “user” and back-stabber who keeps choosing “the world” and blaming everyone else except themselves for their failures, then chances are, you’re basically “spinning your wheels” in a one-sided relationship.
Keep them in your prayers, but LET THEM GO! Stop fretting, and just let them keep on doing what they have been doing; for they are stuck in a “carnal rut” where they will “keep getting what they got.” If you don’t let go, then they will continue to ruin your shalom while dragging you down with them….
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (ESV)
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 5: 11. But this is what I wrote to you, that you don't mix, if anyone is called a brother, and is a sexual sinner, or avaricious, or an idol-worshipper, or a charlatan, or a drunkard, or rapacious, with him who is such, not even to eat bread. 12. For what business have I to judge them who are without? But those within the body, you judge, 13. and those without, Elohim judges; and remove you the wickedness from among you. (AENT)
Don’t miss verse 13 which tells you it’s okay to “remove you the wickedness from among you.”
If you’ve tried to lead someone to the Truth of YHWH/Yehua/Torah, then you have DONE your duty according to Ezekiel 3:18-21, and they are no longer YOUR problem.
Here is what you’re supposed to do:
Matthew 18:15 And if your brother with you is at fault, go rebuke him, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16. And if he does not listen to you, take with you one or two others, because of the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word is established. 17. And if he will also not listen to them, tell the congregation. And if he will also not listen to the congregation, let him be to you like a tax collector and like a heathen. (AENT)
In other words, cut that proverbial umbilical cord and set yourself free!
Proverbs 16:28 A deceitful person stirs up strife, and a slanderer can separate even close friends. (CJB)
Romans 1:18 What is revealed is God’s anger from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness keep suppressing the truth; 19 because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them.
20 For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities — both his eternal power and his divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; 21 because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him. On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! (CJB)
Psalm 1: How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! 2 Their delight is in Adonai’s Torah; on his Torah they meditate day and night. 3 They are like trees planted by streams — they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds.
4 Not so the wicked, who are like chaff driven by the wind. 5 For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment, nor will sinners at the gathering of the righteous. 6 For Adonai watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed. (CJB)