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Weekly Devotion: You might be a toxic person if…
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Jeff Foxworthy has centered his comedic career on a simple statement “you might be a redneck if…” I used to think Jeff offended rednecks around the world until I became friends with a true redneck. My redneck buddy actually saw Jeff Foxworthy’s statements as a compliment! In life we should never consider being called a toxic person as a compliment. Over the years and countless relationships I have observed a few basic characteristics of toxic people:

1. Toxic people love to give their opinion about anything regardless of the consequences. Social media has given toxic people a new passive aggressive platform these days. Day after day individuals can vent whatever is on their mind and whatever they feel without caring about whom they hurt. Eventually, no one will listen to a toxic person.

2. Toxic people are professional victims. No matter the circumstances toxic people find a way to blame their circumstances, others, and even God, for every problem they encounter. Because of this behavior, toxic people will not learn and mature through difficulty.

3. Toxic people are selfish. Because toxic people are predominantly takers they will leave those around them feeling drained and discouraged.

4. Toxic people will avoid face to face conflict (see 1) and bad mouth others when they are not around. This is called gossip. Gossip hurts others and ultimately reveals the darkness and deep insecurities of our hearts.

The truth is most of us have participated at some level in the above behavior. The good news is we have a choice to walk away from destructive behavior and to benefit those around us. Proverbs 10:20-21 says it this way: “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.” Imagine if instead of being labeled toxic your behavior and words were known as choice silver and food for many.


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