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00616 - Distance Yourself from Toxicity

Our faith journey often encounters challenging relationships that test our resolve and integrity. Distancing ourselves from toxicity in friendships is a difficult step for preserving our well-being. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV), “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’”

Our approach to distancing should be tempered with grace and mercy. We are called beacons of God's love, showing patience and kindness, even when making tough decisions about our associations. 

Ultimately, if persistent negativity and harmful attitudes remain unchanged, it may be necessary to move on. In doing so, we maintain our commitment to being examples of Christ's love while safeguarding our journey with Him. Let us seek God's wisdom in these moments, trusting He will guide us in paths of peace and righteousness. Remember to be gentle and kind, but don’t be a doormat when the individual isn’t prepared to take any steps to change.


Give everyone the chance to change; if they refuse, move on.


Lord, I pray for those I know who have a toxic attitude. Amen.

Action Point

Be earnest to demonstrate to the individual you want to help.

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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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