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How to Pray for the Toxic People in Your Life

Love gives. Loves goes the extra mile. Love endures.

That love is not always reciprocated.

As Christ followers, we strive to give love from a pure heart that doesn’t require a person to love us perfectly in return. We intentionally allow God to be our source of perfect love, and we relinquish the right to demand it from others. In obedience to God and His Word, we set our hearts on being patient and kind. We commit to modeling Jesus’ sacrificial love. But sometimes the person we give our love to consistently betrays and wounds us. How do we give 1 Corinthians 13 love in that situation?

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About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

2 Replies

  1. Isabella

    Dear Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for this blog and especially this article.
    I have been searching the internet for many months to make sense out of non sense but your blog learned me that I can’t find answers with humans only with God.

    In short, two years ago I met this man and who I loved with all my heart and I know he loved me. Due to insecurities of his behalf he was very jealous and didnt dare to commit resulting in cheating. He broke up with me but couldn’t let go of me either. He has cried many times but is ego is too big to try it again. Resulting in a toxic mess.
    In this relationship there was no place for God and I learned now that I want God to guide me, to have Him in my relationships.
    Also, I still see the very best in this man, who I still love and who I want to wish the best. We havent spoken for a year but when I bumb into him he literally runs and shows guilt/shame. I have told him that I still love him, that I’ve learned to trust the lord and that I wish him the very best.

    My friends, people around me and people on the internet always say that he is not worth it etc. In my mind he is, and although I don’t know Jesus his plans for me and whether this is the man god has for me, I now know thanks to your blog and bible references that it is ok to pray for the impossible, to pray for the toxic people in life, to ask help in an seemingly impossible situation were there is still love but too many human emotions.

    Bless you,


    1. Hi Isabella. It brings me joy that you’ve found peace and confidence in God’s Word here on the blog. May God give you wisdom and revelation on how to pray for yourself and the person you mentioned. He is your Wonderful Counselor and will shepherd you in relationships.