Something I have come to learn about people is many times, when you end a relationship with someone, other people assume it’s because you hate that person. I was reminded of this not long ago when someone made a comment on one of my old YouTube videos. The video was made when I first learned my father was dying, & I mentioned how I wasn’t going to see him at the hospital. The commenter said that I shouldn’t hate him, I should forgive him. This frustrated me because I have heard similar comments before so many times, mostly from my intensely dysfunctional family. In talking with people who read my work, I’ve learned this happens all the time.
Anyone who jumps to the conclusion that those of us who have ended relationships do so out of hatred & unforgiveness needs to know some things.
There are people who end relationships out of hatred & unforgiveness of course, but the vast majority of people have other valid reasons for ending relationships, even with their own family members.
People change, & sometimes those changes mean people grow apart. It’s natural. Not every single relationship was meant to be a lifelong commitment.
Sometimes people think someone is a certain way when the relationship begins, but as time passes, they realize that person is not like they thought. Most people are on their best behavior at the beginning of any relationship, & as time passes, they stop trying so hard. That can mean there are some ways people are incompatible that weren’t evident at the beginning, or it can mean that someone is dysfunctional or even abusive. There is nothing wrong with ending such relationships.
While family should be a lifelong relationship, it isn’t always possible. Sometimes family members seem to be good people until something happens that changes them. Maybe the patriarch or matriarch of the family dies, & suddenly people change. That happened in my family. Once my grandparents died, people changed a great deal, & not necessarily for the better. The patriarch & matriarch of a family often can keep the bad behavior to a minimum. Once they pass away, the bad behavior is no longer restrained, & people feel free to behave however they like, including very badly. When the bad behavior is toxic or even abusive, there is absolutely nothing wrong with ending those relationships.
People who are so quick to judge & criticize others who end relationships should consider such things before passing judgment. There are other things they also should consider.
People who have been abused almost never exaggerate their experience. If anything, they leave out plenty of details & even minimize it. If someone claims another person abused them, chances are excellent it was much worse than what they said.
Abusers are excellent actors who portray themselves as good people to anyone who is not their victim. Just because someone is nice to you doesn’t mean they are incapable of being abusive.
Along those same lines, just because someone is active in their church, volunteers, is a teacher, doctor or in another helping type profession doesn’t mean they can’t be abusive. Abusers can be found in all walks of life. They exist in all religions, races, genders & careers.
Enduring toxic & abusive relationships doesn’t make you a good, Godly person. It isn’t the “good Christian” thing to do. There are plenty of Scriptures throughout the Bible where people are told to have nothing more to do with other people. In Genesis 12:1, God told Abraham to leave his family. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 talks about people God wants His children to have nothing to do with. Titus 3:10 warns to have nothing to do with divisive people. Ephesians 5:6-7 says we are to have nothing to do with those who are deceptive. Clearly this is a topic on which God has plenty to say, & people would be wise to take that seriously rather than judge those who end certain relationships.
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