Letting Go of Someone You Love: What Does the Bible Say?

by Sister McCook

Letting go of someone you love is never easy. The pain of walking away from someone who holds a special place in your heart can be overwhelming.

But sometimes, letting go is necessary in order to allow God’s will to be done.

As Christians, we turn to the Bible for guidance and wisdom in all aspects of our lives. So, what does the Bible say about letting go of someone you love?

There is a time for everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – In this famous passage, we learn that there is a time for everything. This includes “a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

While it can be difficult to accept, sometimes the time for loving someone has come to an end.

If you’ve tried everything to make a relationship work, prayed for God’s guidance, and still feel that it’s time to let go, trust in God’s timing and plan.

Don’t be anxious about anything

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Letting go of someone you love can feel scary and uncertain.

But remember, God wants us to cast all our anxieties upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

We should keep people around who love us Godly

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – This famous passage comes from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.

It describes the qualities of true love: patience, kindness, humility, forgiveness, and endurance, just to name a few.

Sometimes, we hold onto people because we don’t want to let go of the good times we’ve shared with them.

But if a relationship is causing us pain and heartache, it may be time to evaluate whether or not it aligns with God’s definition of love.

God understands the brokenhearted

Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Letting go of someone you love can feel like the end of the world.

But remember that God is always with you, and He is there to comfort and heal you in your time of need.

Turn to Him, surround yourself with positive, supportive people, and trust that He has a bright future in store for you.

God wants us to trust His plans for us

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Letting go of someone you love can feel like you’re taking a leap of faith into the unknown.

But remember that God is in control, and He knows what’s best for you.

Trust in Him, submit your will to His, and watch as He makes your path clear.

Romans 8:28 says, “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.”

When you’re going through a difficult time, it can be easy to lose sight of God’s plan and feel like your pain is meaningless.

But trusting in God’s promise that he is working all things for your good can give you the strength to endure and eventually move forward.

Remember that God is with you in your pain and that he has a purpose for your life, even if it’s unclear right now.

Recognize that letting go is a process

As Christians, we know that healing takes time and that grieving is a natural and necessary part of the process.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, we read, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

Recognizing that you’re in a season of mourning and allowing yourself to grieve is an important step in the process of letting go.

Surrender your pain to God

Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

When you surrender your pain and your burden to God, you allow him to take it from you and give you the rest and peace you need to move forward.

Pray, read your Bible, and seek out a Christian community to help you in this process of surrendering your pain to God.

Look to the future with hope

As Christians, we know that our hope is not in this world but in the promise of eternal life with God.

While letting go of someone you love may feel like the end of the world, remember that there is more to your story than this moment.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Look to the future with hope, knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for your life that includes healing and wholeness.

Letting go of someone you love is never easy, but as Christians, we have hope and comfort in God’s words.

You are never alone in your pain and God is with you every step of the way.

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