How to Deal with Toxic People (Re-Air)
We can’t force someone to love us or treat us well, but we can guard our peace and joy. In fact, to live the fruit-bearing and gospel-sharing lives that Christ created us for, we must learn when to walk beside and when to walk away.
In this episode, prolific writer Gary Thomas, author of When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People, shares insights he learned when studying Christ’s interactions with the various people He encountered.
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Group Discussion Questions:
1. What did you find most helpful in today’s episode and why?
2. Did anything Gary said cause you to reevaluate your thoughts on some relational encounters?
3. How would you describe the difference between difficult people and toxic people?
4. Consider your relationships. Are there people in your life who steal your peace and joy?
5. Why is it important to guard your peace and joy?
6. Consider a challenging relationship. In what ways do your interactions with that individual make it difficult to love others well?
7. In what ways do your interactions with that individual make it challenging to live out your calling?
8. What might it look like to leave an interaction mentally?
9. How can you show love and compassion while protecting yourself?