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How to Handle Negative Relationships

Read | 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

In an ideal environment, all our relationships would draw us closer to the Lord. However, we live in a fallen world with sinful people, so that is not our reality. God wants us to influence those who aren't walking obediently with Him, but unless we're careful, we could easily end up following them. How are we to deal with relationships that drag us down instead of building us up?

Prayer: Your first step is to pray for the people who tend to pull you away from the Lord. It's not your job to change them, but you can ask God to work in their lives. And don't forget to ask Him to give you the wisdom and patience you need in your interactions with them.

Separation: You may have to break off a relationship if it's hindering your Christian walk. However, this should be done only after much prayer and wise counsel. And remember, some relationships are meant to be permanent, so listen carefully to what God is telling you.

Perseverance: If the negative relationship never changes, and the Lord is not calling you to break off association with that person, then He wants you to persevere in the situation. Your goal is to walk faithfully with your heavenly Father despite any hindrances or opposition.

If you struggle with negative relationships, cultivate friendships with godly people who can help you grow in your faith. Spend time in God's Word, filling your mind with truths that anchor your soul in stormy situations. Persevere in walking faithfully with Christ--you may even influence the other person.

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  • June 01, 2012 10:25 AM

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    Wonderful Godly counsel!
  • May 31, 2012 04:50 AM

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    Thanks I believe that's what's required. God informs us that no one involved in warfare entangled himself with the affairs of the world.&2 endure hardship. That he may please the father that called him.amen
  • May 29, 2012 02:17 PM

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    This message was very inspirational, for I am going through a tuff time in dealing with someone who is not walking right with God. I will take heed and read, pray and seek Godly counsel. Thank you.
  • May 28, 2012 12:53 PM

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    Just in time. I love your message and it was a blessing.
  • May 28, 2012 12:10 PM

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    thank you Jesus for you wonderful work of salvation
  • May 28, 2012 11:20 AM

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    what a blessing
  • May 28, 2012 10:57 AM

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    Thank you, again, Dr. Stanley! Thru you God has sent me another message just when I needed it.

    Robbin Harris
  • May 28, 2012 08:35 AM

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    Thanks so much. My heart has been very heavy wondering whether to leave.thanks again for these uplifting words. I receive your in touch.magazine and have found great comfort in reading it.
  • May 28, 2012 06:54 AM

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    That is really true!!!!!
  • May 28, 2012 06:26 AM

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    Amen to that its true. GOD will always help us to overcome many obstacle in life.]
  • May 28, 2012 06:21 AM

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    I really love these devotionals. They help me in my walk with Christ.
  • May 28, 2012 02:20 AM

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    I needed this. I have now been given what i need to do when confronted with this issue. Praise God. Thank you.

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