Letting go of a relationship can be difficult, but sometimes it is necessary to do so. Bible verses about letting go of a relationship are found throughout the Bible for us to consider when we need guidance in this area.
Finding a balance between holding on and letting go is the key to a successful relationship in life. We strive to make the best decisions possible, but making the right decision isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to those we love.
We invest a lot of our emotions, time, and energy in relationships, and the more we put into them, the more difficult it is to let go.
We don’t let go for a variety of reasons; we don’t let go because we’re afraid of the unknown; we don’t let go because we’re afraid of being alone; the reasons are numerous, but the end result is the same: unhappiness.
What the Bible says about letting go of a relationship.
The Bible tells us that “It is better to live alone than with an unruly and quarrelsome spouse.” ( 1 Timothy 5:11) Sometimes you have to let go of relationships where there’s continual persuasion from your spouse or significant other against what God has called you to do.
In the Bible, when a spouse continually persuades you to disobey God, it is a sign for you to let go of that relationship.
You might be in a marriage where one or both spouses are not following Jesus Christ and they don’t want their partner’s life with Jesus to interfere with theirs.
We all have different opinions about what our priorities should be; some people believe that having an intimate relationship is more important than obeying God.
Bible verses about letting go of a relationship
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: Bad Company corrupts good character. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
Having bad friends in your company can do a lot of harm to you if you are not careful. When we relate or associate with the wrong set of people, they influence us negatively.
For the sake of your growth and well-being, we must let go of any relationship that will have a negative influence on us and corrupt our good character.
The scripture above strictly urges not to be misled that every bad company corrupts good character. Cut off any relationship that does not add positive values to your character.
Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. Proverbs 22:24-25 (NLT)
Never be in a relationship with an angry man or one with a hot temper. Anger is not a virtue anyone should emulate or condone, so you accommodating such a person will be to your own detriment.
The scripture encourages us to stay away from those who are easily prone to anger.
It is for your safety. In such a relationship, you either become like them or endanger your life. So it’s advisable to let go of that relationship.
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:25-27 (ESV).
Many relationships can cause you to lose focus on other things that are very important to you, other things such as your spiritual growth, personal development, academics, etc.
You are not supposed to be in a relationship that kills other areas of your life especially your relationship with God.
Your relationship should be able to complement other areas of your life. Regardless of the fact you need time, energy, and resources to build a strong relationship, this doesn’t mean other areas should die completely.
Let go of any relationship that does not support your all-around growth.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. . Proverbs 3:5 (NIV).
In any relationship, we are expected as followers of Christ to completely put our trust in God for the success of that relationship. No relationship can work without the help of God.
Bible verses about letting go of toxic relationships
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV).
You must be conscious that God is doing something new in your life and let go of the pains of yesterday. God has better plans for your relationship.
You have to let go of any toxic relationship and put your trust in God. Many believers cry over their broken relationship because of the time and energy invested in the relationship, but I can assure you that God is fully aware of the situation.
All you need to do now is to forget about the whole experience you had in your past relationship that never added any value, but hurt you and influenced you negatively.
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Job 17:9 (KJV).
A believer must hold firmly to the truth about his faith and put away every relationship that acts or speaks contrary to his beliefs.
You don’t have to bend because you are in a relationship with someone who doesn’t support your faith. The verse above says the righteous will hold on to ways, in spite of the pressure from any relationship.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
You need to come to God to help you out of any toxic relationship.
Many believers have labored to make their bad relationships work, but one thing about toxic relationships is that the more will try to manage and make it work, the more we get hurt.
Instead of try to fix things ourselves, rather you should let go of the relationship and allow God to decide what is best for us.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Psalm 46:10-11 (NKJV)
You don’t need to be afraid of what will happen to you next after you let go of your relationship, God is by your side.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
To get a better life ahead will have to let go of a relationship and look forward to achieving something greater.
Many toxic relationships have caused us to lose a lot of things and for us to get back to our normal life back, we need to press on and not look back, forgetting all that had happened in the past.
Bible verses about letting go of someone you love
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Letting go of a relationship that only aims that hurt us are for you is for your own good. You don’t need to destroy your life for the sake of a relationship that is unhealthy.
God loves you and wants the best for you. His ultimate desire is for you to fulfill your purpose here on earth, but being in a toxic relationship will only distract you.
There is nothing good in a toxic relationship, so letting it go is the best decision you can make for yourself today.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you. Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
You have to let go of a relationship where perfect peace does not exist. Peace is very important in any relationship. Without peace, there is nothing to enjoy in the relationship.
The absence of peace is the presence of war. The relationship was meant to help two individuals grow, not to harm or destroy one another. Peace is very vital in any relationship and if there not found then you need to quickly walk out of that relationship.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:2-3 (NIV)
Christ now owns your life, so you need to start living for him. Before you can start living for Christ you need to let go of the past relationship that disconnected you from him.
You have to set your mind and fix your heart on God.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (NIV)
No relationship can survive without genuine love. The scripture above gives us a template on what love should look like. It shows us that selfless love should be the priority of every Christian.
We know that our relationships in the family are marked by love. Husbands, in particular, are expected to love their wives. Wives, on the other hand, must love their husbands. Brothers and sisters, parents and children, must love one another.
Love is a vital key in growing and strengthening our relationship. Any relationship without love as the pillar is bound to fall.
Hatred, pain, anger, malice, and frustration are found in a relationship where there is no love. A person, in such a relationship, needs to let go immediately. Nothing good can come out of that relationship.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. . Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
It takes courage to walk out of a bad relationship. Many people allow fear to keep them in a relationship they are not happy with.
Stand up! Make a bold step and do what is right for your life and future.
You cannot afford to jeopardize your future for a relationship that is ahead nowhere. God has a better plan for you. Submit yourself to God and he will guide you on the right path in having a successful relationship.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)
It is wisdom to associate with those who are wise, and it’s foolishness to mingle with fools. Do not bring yourself down to walk with those who have no value to add to your life.
You are precious! But if you are in a relationship with a fool then you will soon become a fool. Let go of any foolish relationship that doesn’t worth your time and effort.
17. 1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)
Sexual immorality is a sin before God than any relationship that demands this is not the will of God for your life. God hates it and you too must hate it.
Scriptures on letting go of bad relationships.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NIV)
You are a new creation; this means you don’t need to stay in a bad relationship that has held you down for a long time. God’s desire for you is to live in his glory and you can’t do that dwell in bad relationships.
You have been reconciled to God. He is ready to give you a better relationship experience.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. Mark 5:34 (NIV)
God has seen your sufferings in your previous relationships, he is ready to heal from the pains of the past and set you on the right path. You have to let go of bad relationships before you can be healed and set free.
The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34:19(NLT)
Bad relationships have dealt with you seriously and God is coming to your rescue. You have to let go, so he can save you.
Deuteronomy 31: 6
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord, your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31: 6(NLT)
The scriptures urge you to be strong and courageous to leave that bad relationship and come to him. You don’t need to stay in a bad relationship that will never become profitable to you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
It is the will of God for you to let go of that relationship and live a happy and better life. All you need is to give God thanks for coming to your rescue.
Knowing when to let go will save you a lot of grief and allow you to move forward with a more positive mindset. If you notice one or more of these signs, it’s possible that it’s time to let go.
If you’re in a relationship that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, it might be time to end it. The top 10 signs that it’s time to end a relationship are listed below. These signs are applicable to both intimate relationships and friendships.
- When you cannot express yourself.
- When your idea or opinion is not accepted.
- When you are disrespected or abused.
- When your relations only bring your pains that joy.
- When you are the only one put effort to make things work.
- When you feel no sense of value in the relationship.
- When you feel spiritual, physical, and emotionally exhausted.
- When you feel you are holding something you have to let go.
- When you feel insecure anytime he’s around you.
- When you believe you had a better life before you met him/her.