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Don’t Cut Everyone Out

 

(Proverbs 17:9) “Anyone who overlooks an offense promotes love, but someone who gossips separates close friends.”

(John 15:12) “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.

(Proverbs 18:19) A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

 

 

They say that if people don’t accept you the way you are, then they are not worth being a part of your life. This is not Biblical, nor wise, nor a good instruction for our children. It is those people that do not accept us how we are, that make us think twice about our life choices. Some of them, might be completely wrong and judgmental, and maybe need to be avoided, but just because someone disagrees with you is no grounds for cutting them out from your life.

If you are a drunk, a party animal, lazy, rude, promiscuous, not taking care of your health and seriously overweight, not serious about your studies and future career, an insensitive joker, not taking responsibility for your parent’s or family needs, you dress too seductively, you are a gossip…etc. Then, you are in serious need for someone to bring these issues to your attention.

If Christ would have cut off everyone that did not agree with him, then not one of us would have ever had the chance to feel God’s love and forgiveness. Remember that on the cross He asked God to forgive those that did not agree with or understand what He was doing. He did not chase after those that rejected Him, but he also did not cut them off and condemn them to an eternity in hell.

The way you judge others is the way God judges you. God will show mercy upon you if you first are merciful and forgiving to others. He is fair in all He does and it’s up to us to either continue living life thinking we are better than others by always focusing on their faults, or to look past these faults and see what God sees in them. 

There is a time and a season God appoints for people in our lives. Friends, work colleagues, church family, and even family connections can change as we grow and change our priorities. Sometimes it is these very same people that don’t accept us as we are that help us mature and make the necessary changes that will align us back with God. And other times, people are so toxic that it is better to cut them off before we get infected and end up in depression.

 

 

Cutting people out of your life because they’re not perfect or in disagreement with you is a sure prescription for loneliness.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, Your voice makes the deer give birth. Thank You for Your saving arm and for Your right hand. Your eyes, Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.
• Father, forgive us for being so proud and self-righteous that we avoid anyone that tries to correct us.
• Forgive us for not understanding that there might be some truth in what anyone says.
• Help us to receive with love anyone that does not understand us or contradict us.
• Give us the understanding needed to win back anyone we have cut off in the past.
• We declare that we will promote Your love and overlook the offenses of those in close contact with us.
• We want to love everyone the way You have loved us.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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