No, I’m not talking about pesticides, poisonous foods or other chemicals but rather poisonous environments where on suffers some type of harm due to the actions of others.
In the military there has at times been talk about toxic commands. Situations where the leadership creates an environment where trust in each other is destroyed, individuals and the unit as a whole have no confidence in themselves or each other or the unit’s ability to function cohesively. And if that unit ends up in combat then people will die or be injured.
Toxic environments occur many other places as well: work, friendships, marriages and other relationships, and churches to name a few. The common thread in any type of toxic environment is that someone suffers some type of harm and depending on the situation the harm could be physical, emotional or spiritual. There is a lot of information about toxic situations and some have information on how to deal with them to possibly improve things. But most involve Removing those most dramatically affected by the situation and placing them in environments that are healthier for the individual to allow them to get past the effects the toxic circumstances caused on them.
Sometimes the toxic person doesn’t have to actually do something to cause emotional or physical damage; sometimes doing nothing, as in ignoring someone else, creates a similar or more devastating emotional damage. Simply not giving attention or affection to someone causes emotional damage far worse than physical or verbal actions.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 1 Thessalonians. 5:15
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
2 Timothy 2:24-26
Creating a toxic environment, mistreating others, belittling them or otherwise not treating them is not being gentle, kind, gracious and creating circumstances that rather than nurture them but stunts personal and spiritual growth is not following His guidance. It is an abusive situation and must be changed. One can pray for and try to the one creating that situation but sometimes they won’t change.
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. Proverbs 22:10
And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. Luke 9:5
In my mind the scorners are they who hold others in disregard such that they create the toxic environments. While in context Luke 9:5 is referring to those who will not receive Christ and His teachings by not assisting the Apostles and those preaching the Gospel, it can also apply to this circumstance if one tries to show them how they are creating a toxic environment and they refuse to change.
Lord, I worship You and Praise You and all You are for me, my Savior and Redeemer. I thank You for the guidance You give me about everything. I know there are a lot of people who are in toxic environments in one manner or the other and I pray in the name of Jesus that You help them see the truth if they are confused and help them in their difficulties that they know how to proceed. I ask that You help us all not be the one that creates such a situation. Please draw me and my loved ones closer to You that we can all know the blessings You have in store for us.
I appreciate the time all take to stop and read my thoughts. I hope something is helpful and blesses someone. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to someone else.