Christians are called to love all people.
We are not however, commanded to invest into, approve and enable every person we know.
These 21 people do not enrich any area of your life except your prayers.
21. Users, chronic takers and freeloaders
20. Abusers, whether cruel or simply uncaring
19. Losers, career criminals and the serially selfish
18. Haters. Not critics, destroyers. Get the difference.
17. Doubters, who practice purposeful disbelief in every dream, vision or plan God gives you
16. Liars, double-talkers, back stabbers and false witnesses
15. Flatterers, pitch people and sweet talkers
14. Unaccountable ministers, prophets for profit (“Prophetutes”) and preachers without pastors
13. Giants of flaky faith: No one who attends church less often than they watch Sunday football, or who goes wherever they “feel led” each week has a “word” for you. If God wanted to give you an unexpected Word that badly, He could use a child, or an (actual) ass.
12. Self-servers: fair weather friends who make covenants of convenience and break cheap words
11. False family: Blood is thicker than water, unless it is thinner. Understand “who’s who.” If you know where you stand, it’s harder to fall.
10. Old flames, careless crushes and yo-yo relationships are death to true love. Don’t keep looking for healing where you already found hurt.
9. Dangerous possibilities: This one is for the married folks. Burn the little black book on your wedding day. The thing about options, is you only use the ones you allow yourself.
8. Devil’s advocates: not speaking of voices of balance or caution, but champions of subtle agendas
7. Naysayers, down-talkers and brow-beaters
6. Dare-devils, ring-leaders and trouble junkies
5. Unconditional supporters: No one needs someone to cheer in the stands while they run headlong into trouble. Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
4. Gold-diggers, power hunters and mind gamers
3. Manipulators, guilt-trippers and string-pullers
2. Gossips, backbiters and talebearers --- (BTW, he that heareth the tale is a talebearer as much as he that telleth the tale!)
1. Distractions: People who’s presence in your world removes your focus from your purpose
Everyone can be some of these some of the time.
But some relationships are defined by these characteristics.
Cleaning up your circle of trust may be painful.
But entertaining bad influences is a choice to fail.
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