Recently, on my personal Facebook page, I posted the following, “We have now reached the point in America where people will deny you friendship if you dare disagree with them. I find that troubling.”
I also encouraged those reading my post to not discard others from your life because of disagreements, to be a friend to the end.
Today, I want to follow up on those thoughts by saying there are those in life who will not allow you to be their friend. For whatever reason, be it a grudge, jealousy, pride or a number of other things, they will refuse to show themselves friendly. They are toxic people.
Toxic people are narcissistic, confrontational, people-pleasers, liars, love drama, think they are always right and enjoy playing the victim.
If you have someone in your life who is toxic, the best thing to do might be to close the door on your relationship with that person and move on.
Proverbs 22:24-25 says, “Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.” (NLT)
Psalm 1 also gives instruction about keeping away from wicked fools.
However, having said that, never give up on anyone. Pray for them. God can change anyone’s heart. Stand ready to welcome those God has forgiven and made new back into your life. After all, the Father’s arms are open wide to anyone who will repent and place their faith in Jesus.
Jerry Fulton's goal in life is to share the love of Jesus, so others might become followers of Christ.