Division and the distance it creates is not always a bad thing, and I’ve never heard of anyone who didn’t fall into the wrong crowd experiencing any adverse effects from that decision.
Expanding on the conversation started in a Party of One, you should never feel guilty for any of the following: 1) withdrawing yourself from toxic situations and/or 2) quitting barren relationships. I hate to be brash, but if circumstances aren’t uplifting and the people aren’t nourishing, then it’s deadly…spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
We can cut ties and still fulfill God’s commandment of love, from a distance! We can clip the lifeless leaf and still pray for its present/future success, from a distance! Don’t make the mistake of holding onto destructive people because of a sense of familiarity and then use God’s order to love, to justify it.
Jesus walked away from the Pharisees and all his other enemies, yet continued to love them from afar. If Jesus can do it, then we can too…
“Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.” -2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MSG