If you want to reach your God inspired goals, then you have to remove the negative people from your life. Negative people adversely affect your relationship with God. They also prevent you from reaching your full potential. Today, I would like to share with you three negative people you should immediately remove from your life.
1. People who gossip. Gossipers are those people in your life who can’t keep a secret. The older generation would describe a gossiper as one "who can’t hold water." Gossipers are eager to tell your business as soon as an opportunity presents itself. They cannot be trusted with confidential information. The Bible says it best in Proverbs 20:19, "A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much." If you want to be successful, you should quickly eliminate from your inner circle those who like to talk about the personal affairs of others.
2. People who are self-centered. Self-centered people are some of the most inconsiderate people on the planet. They don’t care how their thoughtless actions hurt or inconvenience others. Self-centered people are known for making you wait for extended periods of time, cancelling at the last minute, and making everything all about them. Yet, the Bible warns us in Philippians 2:3, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." This biblical principle leaves no room for self-centered behavior. If you want to be successful, you should remove the self-centered people from your life.
3. People who are a source of temptation for you. We all know people who tend to bring out the worse in us. We all know people who serve as a spiritual distraction in our lives. In other words, our relationship with them tends to hurt our relationship with God. The Bible describes this type of interaction in 1 Corinthians 15:33 which states, "Don’t be misled: Bad company corrupts good character." People who serve as a source of temptation encourage us to break the rules rather than upholding Godly principles in our business dealings and relationships. You should remove yourself from those who serve as a source of temptation for you.
You and I have so much potential. We can achieve great things, if we are willing to eliminate the negative people from our lives. We have to be willing to deny negative people access to our personal lives. We don’t want their negativity to hinder our progress. I want to leave you with the words found in Proverbs 13:20, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." Blessings!!!
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.