While you’re busy treating others carelessly or maliciously, particularly the ones you’re supposed to care for and love, just keep this one thing in mind: Even if there comes a time when they actually forgive you, you may be left with only a “shell” of a relationship – if any at all. Forgiveness may be found in the human heart, but the memory of the treatment still lingers to some degree in the mind. A wise person knows this and is careful to conduct himself accordingly.
When people have proven time and time again that they are toxic to your life – whether it is by the constant sulkiness of their attitude (the inability to see or appreciate anything good in life regardless of encouragement), unrelenting negativity or their overall tendency to pull you down, you need to make a decision whether frequent contact with them is somehow making your life better or having the opposite effect. It’s sometimes better to pull out, instead of getting pulled down.
While they have done everything they possibly could to tear you down, lie on you and tarnish your good name, the best thing you can do is to quietly sit back and watch as their malicious deeds drag them further down while God elevates you right in front of them. And all they’ve lied to will finally see whose side God was really on.
A person is beyond naive if they only listen to the words and never pay attention to the actions. The actions often tell you what someone isn’t telling you in words.
Your self-worth is not defined by anyone’s perception of you. Their opinions carry no weight as far as your ability to achieve is concerned. It’s what you think of yourself that will either stagnate you or move you progressively toward your destiny.
Be determined to have a good day today. Too many times, we place ourselves at the mercy of what the day may bring. However, what we can control is not what happens along the way, but how we respond to everything. Make a decision to control what you can which is your response. Enjoy this day. It could be awesome, but it’s mainly up to you.
Having discernment can be a great protector. It reveals to you what others don’t realize you know and shields you from deceit that is on the inside of them past the smiles and friendly faces. Discernment can be your best friend.