Thank you for your message this morning Sister Connie Keyohara!
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
Notice that Paul began this verse by saying, “If it is possible.” This means there may be times where it is not possible to have peace with all men. As we are all know, it can be very difficult to be at peace with some people. As best as we can, we must try to be at peace with all men.
Have you ever met or been around someone who’s mean or hateful? Maybe they just care to be around you if there’s something in it for them. Because we do have a mandate to love one another, this is especially complicated.
I recently was involved in a situation where I was constantly made to feel left out and even treated like I did not matter. Then soon after this I was accused of things that I never said or did. In my time of prayer and seeking God, I believe he led me to hear this in my heart. “not everyone is meant to be in your life” There are many circumstances where we need to walk away.
God desires to set us free. And sometimes that means simply saying “no more.” And learn to set boundaries that will protect our hearts from such toxicity. You see, tough love says “I love you, but I love myself more.” If we do not take care of ourselves and we fall apart and stress out while taking care of everyone else, then how will we ever take care of ourselves?
I don’t believe that this particular scripture The Apostle Paul talks about is meant in anyway as a license to eliminate just anyone out of your life. It’s a very fine line. I’d suggest seeking God wholeheartedly on this matter.
Some relationships can harbor ungodly things. 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins (corrupts) good morals ( character).”
Do not allow a toxic person to hinder you from all God has for you. Seek God, stand your ground and pray!
Many Blessings my friends,