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00514 - Toxic Friends

The term 'toxic friends’ is a bit of an oxymoron. Friends are supposed to be a source of joy and support, not something that poisons your life. Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV) says, "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." In a true friendship, you lift each other up; you make each other better, just like two pieces of iron getting sharper together.

If someone's pulling you down, making you doubt yourself, or just filling your life with negativity, then it's worth asking: is that really friendship? True friends act as mirrors reflecting the best in us, they're the cheerleaders on our good days and the shoulders to cry on during the tough ones.

It's not always easy, but cutting ties with people who bring negativity can be freeing. Surround yourself with folks who encourage you, inspire you, and most importantly, sharpen you. True friends.

Quote Friends build you up, they don’t pull you down.


Lord, help me have the confidence to move away from the toxic people in my life. Amen.

Action Point

The first step is to spend more time with those friends who build you up, and focus your time there.

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(NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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