I’m giving up on you

https://youtu.be/wd8t3-QS684https://www.smule.com/p/797364732_2863589621It’s hard when we realize that it is time to move on. Whether we have to give up on a relationship, town we live in, job we work at, hobby that we are involved in, bad habit that we are comfortable with, risky behavior or addiction we are wrapped up in, etc. — it is rarely easy for us to part ways with the old, in order to move on to something new.Even when we have seen the warning signs for a long while — many times, we would much rather see the current circumstance “correct itself” rather than us have to uproot something so central to our own lives and introduce drastic changes.Sometimes “I’m giving up on you” is exactly what we need to say to certain things in our lives that we realize hold no hope for our future and are holding us back from where we need to be. It isn’t an easy thing…We aren’t called as Christians to never walk away. We are called to be mindful of not wasting our time and resources in useless and fruitless pursuits, even as we hold out hope and offer mercy.We are not to remain stagnant and ineffective, but to press on.“Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day. “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.
Matthew 10:11‭-‬16 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.10.11-16.NLTWhen I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
1 Corinthians 5:9‭-‬13 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1co.5.9-13.NLT“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
Matthew 18:15‭-‬17 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.18.15-17.NLTYou adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
James 4:4 NLT

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