We should strive to be around people that are like-minded, that try to understand us, and have a good listening ear, but life isn’t always going to give us that. Sometimes we think that by stating all the facts and going back and forth with a person is going to make them change. Change doesn’t always come from intense debates or mind-altering conversations, but from you setting the example.
I always say to hear everyone out, but filter what you allow to stay in your mind. People can be down-right nasty, but don’t lower yourself to their standards. 2 Timothy 2:23 “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.”
Don’t let them disrespect you or walk over you, but don’t act like them either. Your life will be a lot easier when you can start letting people’s actions, thoughts, and words go. I suffered from ” not letting things go” fast enough. I’m proud to be an emotional and sensitive human being, but with that comes the need to be decisive. I need to be quick to decide that other’s opinions and actions won’t affect my heart. However, I will choose to change my perspective on that person and now I’ll know what to expect in the future. Let’s not forget we aren’t perfect and can’t expect people to be, but repeated patterns determine character.
Forgive and let people go. Letting go can mean still loving them, but not actively working to change them. Letting go can mean loving them from afar, because they are just that toxic. Letting go means setting up boundaries, choosing love, happiness, and peace every day.
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