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Motivational Life Coaching Corner: When it’s Time to Let Go of a Relationship and Let God

Some relationships are harmful to us, and holding onto them may hinder us spiritually, physically, and mentally.

When do you know it is time to let go of a relationship, especially if their family? When you have done all that you can do and nothing has worked to mend that person or the relationship. You have held on so long to this relationship believing if you just did one more thing, perhaps then they would come around or treat you better.

There are times we are in codependent or enabling relationships that need to be let go of so God can rebuild that relationship healthily. Some relationships can recover quickly from betrayal, rejection, or trust issues, and other relationships need to be surrendered to God immediately. If you are experiencing worry, anxiety, fear, doubt, sickness, depression, or low energy as a result of hanging on to a relationship, it is time to let go and allow God to mend what you have tried and cannot. It is not up to you to fix every broken relationship. We can do our part by offering to reconcile through honest and open communication, but if that person does not want to reconcile through honest and open communication, you can’t force them.

If you are being harmed emotionally, physically, or spiritually by someone more than being loved, appreciated, validated, and respected-cut your losses and move on to relationships that foster health. It is more of a challenge to let go if you are dealing with a family member, especially if it is an adult child; but chasing, fixing, rescuing, and being mistreated, manipulated, or controlled is toxic to your overall health. Some people are just not good for you. A healthy, vibrant relationship is one where there is mutual respect, honesty, and open communication.

Reflect and ponder: 

Are you continuing to hold onto a relationship that is damaging to you either spiritually, emotionally, or physically? Do you feel obligated to hold onto this relationship because it is family or you have known this person for a long time?

Motivational Life Coaching Corner Corner:

Some examples of different types of relationships that may need to be let go for a season:

1)      Any relationship that you or giving more. The relationship is one-sided, and you are that person’s emotional or financial support.

2)      A family member who is abusive in any manner, whether emotionally or physically. If you are being called derogatory names, that’s abuse.

3)      A relationship that is manipulative and controlling. If you don’t do what they want, it’s the “cold shoulder.” Guilt is multiplied in manipulative and controlling relationships.

4)      A family member or friend who is abusing drugs, alcohol, or any other addiction and they are not interested in quitting.

5)      Any relationship where you are used for that person’s gain, whether monetary or emotional.

6)      Relationships that are not honest and open communication are not welcomed.

7)      Prodigal children who insist on staying in the “pigpen.”

8)      Unfaithful spouse who continues to be unfaithful.

9)      Any relationship that causes you to sin.

Letting go does not mean:

·        Being unforgiving

·        Being unloving

·        Speaking negatively about that person

·        Becoming bitter over the way you were treated

·        Holding onto grudges and resentment

·        Holding onto anger

 Letting go means:

·        Forgiving

·        Releasing your loved one into God’s capable hands

·        Trusting God with your loved one

·        Praying for them and blessing them with your words

·        Never giving up hope on their restoration

·        Living your life and taking care of you

LETTING GO IS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS TO DO, BUT HOLDING ONTO A RELATIONSHIP THAT IS NOT HEALTHY CAN MAKE YOU SICK. Bring your pain to God-you may cry, and grieve, but then you enter into acceptance. Accept the things that you CANNOT change. You cannot change someone else, but you can change you!


Casting all of your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand.

Philippians 4:6-7


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