11. When you’re in a toxic relationship

It’s no secret I’m a fan girl of Gary Thomas. His books on dating and marriage have been instrumental in my life. So, when I heard him talk about how to be the person God created you to be in the face of toxic relationships, I knew we had to have him on the show! In our conversation, Gary talks about how to identify and side-step toxic people, but perhaps most importantly, how to identify your mission and stay focused on what God has called you to do.

 In this episode, we discuss:

  • When to shift gears from playing spiritual offense to spiritual defense
  • What is the difference between a difficult person and a toxic person?
  • This person may be draining me of all my peace, joy, strength, and hope, but isn’t that my problem or my sin?
  • What if the toxic person in my life is someone I can’t literally walk away from?
  • How does the Apostle Paul’s call to “be at peace with everyone” play into this? (Romans 12:18)
  • As believers, what exactly is our mission? And how do we stay on mission?
  • Why are fantasy arguments or facebook fights hurting our mission?
  • Where does one start? How do I identify my mission and protect it?

Scripture Mentioned:

  • Matt 6:33
  • Matt 7:6
  • Joshua 24:14-15
  • Nehemiah 8:10
  • Col 3:12
  • Romans 12:2
  • 2 Cor 5:10

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