What are you inflicted with? Have you become toxic in your relationships? Is there others in your life who have become toxic?
What does toxic mean?
It is poisonous – containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation – toxic waste
BUT as used to describe humans: extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful – toxic sarcasm
The word keeps coming up in articles and situations all around us. What can we do?
First and foremost – start with you – this is always the best place to start – with yourself
I have been sitting under the teachings of James Goll this past year. I have been blessed in so many ways. Doing a self-check has been key to my growth this past year.
I was also reading from Hebrews 12:5 this morning:
And have you forgotten words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you.” (NLT)
Oh yes, it is always hard when your negativity is brought under the microscope. Our first reaction is to say, “That’s not me!” and then run!
But to grow up in the ways of the Lord, we must be willing to have that checkup.
It will be an ongoing process, but well worth your time and efforts to allow God to have his way with you. It is a connecting of mind and of spirit.
Then you can start dealing with toxic relationships. Below is a chart showing 8 signs of a toxic person. Remember, deal with yourself first. Then look to see if you need to construct borders around you and your family to protect them from poisonous people.
We all have weaknesses. And at times, we struggle with our attitudes. BUT when we cross over into toxicity it becomes dangerous.
I don’t know about you, but I see toxic people everyday. I see it in the news. I see it destroying families. Churches. Communities. Nations.
BUT more importantly, I see people waking up and realizing there is poisonous materials all around us. NOW is a good time to wake-up and say that you can no longer be a part of this poison and that you are willing to do a reality checkup.
We need to see more love out there – not man’s but God’s love. We need more of God’s ways in our lives.
Which brings me to a song today. An old hymn. I remember singing it as a child – lifting up the words and desiring for God to have his way with me.
My Song: Let him have his way with thee! Yes, and old hymn. Listen to the words!
This is so true. But I figure the sins within everyone can cause the best of us to stumble likewise and turn “toxic” towards others. It’s a good reminder for ourselves to constantly reflect and see if we are toxic ourselves too and to repent if need be. 🙂
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