Your development, and in some cases your healing, can only take place when you walk with the right people! Remember the story of the scorpion that asked a frog to carry him across the river because he could not swim? ‘How do I know you will not sting me?’ the frog asked. ‘If I do, we’ll both drown,’ he replied. So the scorpion hopped on. Half way across the river the scorpion stung him. As they were drowning the frog said, ‘You promised you wouldn’t. Why did you sting me?’ The scorpion replied, ‘I cannot help it, it’s my nature to sting.’

Learn to recognize toxic relationships and walk away from them before they take you down with them. A toxic relationship is like a body part with gangrene; if you do not amputate, the infection will spread. Unless you have the courage to cut off what will not heal, you will end up losing much more.

You cannot partner successfully with someone who does not share your goals. When you feel passionately about something but they do not, it is like trying to dance the fox trot with someone who only wants to waltz. You picked the wrong dance partner. Do not get tied up with someone who does not share your God-given purpose. Some issues can be corrected through teaching and leadership, but you cannot teach somebody to care. And if they do not care, they will infect your environment, ruin your productivity and break your rhythm with constant complaints.

The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities and author of WORD Bible Studies. and used with permission.

The Healing Codes can help you deal with the deep issues of your spiritual heart that are blocking you from seeing relationships for what they really are.  Use the Codes to clear any wrong beliefs and open your heart to a caring, loving relationship.

Mary Ann