Those that are dear to us, we cherish them and love them. But what happens when those that are dear to us become cold and bitter? Out of nowhere? Because they are dear to us, it hurts us. It causes our emotions to awaken and cry out. Some people that are dear to us come to their senses that they have reacted out of character, ask for forgiveness and those actions are never seen again. But then there are those who don’t come to their senses about their actions. These are the ones who ask for forgiveness but still go back and do the same hurtful things to you again; therefore, they have not come to their senses. Instead, they blame their actions on something you did. Wow…it’s amazing how those who have wronged you on their own blame you for their wrongdoings. Certain wrong behaviors can cause one to react a certain way. Then you are blamed for a certain reaction in response to their certain wrongdoing! Losing your peace just isn’t worth it. It’s easy when those who aren’t close to us wrong us because walking away is no problem. Ignoring them is no problem. But when its someone close to us and someone we have to have dealings with, its not so easy. People who have a consistent character of wrongdoing are simply who they are. You can’t change them. Just accept who they are. This does not mean you should tolerate their wrongdoing but does mean you simply accept that you can’t change them, this is who they are, let it go, and let God. Unfortunately, at times, you have to walk away. Losing your peace simply isn’t worth it. Tolerating someone who blames you consistently for the hurtful things that they do isn’t worth losing your peace. Harsh words spewed into your ears in attempts to break your spirit isn’t worth losing your peace. Some people are better off in Gods hands. God has what it takes to deal with them; we dont. Dealing with such people will cripple our spirit and rob you of peace. Your peace isn’t worth it. Although it may be difficult, we must forgive. We can forgive and we can let go. God’s Word tells us, “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4 ESV). Give that person to God, get out of the way, hold on to your peace and let God do the rest. Be blessed. – S.L.M.