Let Them Go

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Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead

Philippians 3:13

When is it okay to let go of someone? Do we keep our tight grip on relationships out of fear of being alone? Why do we continue to hang onto toxic people? Perhaps we hope that they may one day change.

Every mature believer will at one point in time have the experience of having to let go of someone. They may be a person who drains your time and energy where you cannot serve the Lord with your whole heart. Or perhaps they are someone who has become a threat to you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Some of us keep hanging on even past that still, small voice of the Holy Spirit beckoning us to “let it go.”

There is a difference between letting go and abandonment. When we abandon someone, we are neglecting our responsibility in the relationship because of our selfishness. Letting go of toxic people is about allowing yourself to be free in the Spirit to grow and flourish under the leading of God.

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Letting go could be immediate or over a period of time. The most essential element of letting go is allowing God to be in control instead of another person using their words and emotions to manipulate us. God has called us to be free in Christ, and it’s important that we relinquish every heavy relationship that can hold us back.

In choosing to let go, we are declaring to God, the devil, family, friends, and ourselves that we are valuable. Christ died on the cross for someone who isn’t wasting their time and energy attempting to prove their worth and identity. Our identity is in the person of Jesus Christ, and He wants us to be free.

In His Service,

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