Remember Judas in the Bible? He was a thief and a betrayer of Jesus. He was toxic. Who are the toxic people in your life that can’t actually be avoided? The ones who change the atmosphere when they enter the room. The ones who take advantage of anything and anybody to get ahead. The ones you rely on but they constantly let you down. The ones who pour hate on everyone and everything around. The ones whose view of the world are twisted and negative.. How do you deal with them when you can’t really avoid them? Well, consider how Jesus dealt with Judas. Jesus ate with Judas and they both shared the same dipping bowl. Jesus washed the feet of Judas. And Jesus KNEW that Judas was in the midst of betraying Him! If we are followers of Christ, we must serve, love and welcome those who are toxic. The purpose is the be like Jesus and let God change people. We often do our best to avoid toxic people. Jesus didn’t avoid Judas. He got in his face and served Him! Know who you are in Christ so that you don’t get caught up in trying to please, change or defeat those who are toxic in your life. “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh”(Jude 22-23).
-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery