Eventually, we will all have to go through a breakup. Even a very solid relationship grounded in Christian values can fall apart. Believe it or not, God offers guidance to the Christian preparing to break off a romantic partnership. Here are some Christian breakup tips.
Christian Break Up Advice
Breaking up with someone is not easy, nor is it fun which is why we hope to provide you with some good Christian break up advice. I have had to fire a few employees during my working life, and breaking up with a romantic partner is similar to “letting someone go” from their job. Just like someone who is losing a job, a person who is being broken up with is missing out on a potential future. The man with a job may have seen his future growing with the company, perhaps earning a raise and reaping the benefits of climbing the corporate ladder. Your future “ex” saw a time in the future with you, enjoying your company, learning more about you and with you, maybe even settling down and making a long term commitment to you.
As Christians, we approach an event like a firing or a breakup with a little extra ammunition. We have access to God’s word for guidance in our everyday lives – we are lucky to have the Scripture to back us up in times of trouble. Let’s look at the Christian perspective on breaking up with a partner.
Turn to God
As with all things in our lives, we must turn to God’s wisdom when we prepare to end a relationship. One of my favorite verses says this:
James 1:5 – “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
You may be feeling ashamed about your future breakup, or concerned that God isn’t interested in the small affairs of your heart. In this verse from the book of James, we learn that in every instance in which we want to learn something, we should first ask God. One big reason we should do this, James says, is the attitude with which God will approach our search for the truth. Unlike the way our friends and even our family can sometimes behave, God will give “generously and without reproach” – God will freely give the wisdom you’re after, and will do so without judging you or embarrassing you. God has probably already laid some things on your heart about your relationship. Maybe you aren’t following his will in respecting your partner; there could be myriad reasons why God may be pushing you in one direction or the other. Listen to this voice, no matter how soft it may appear to be.
God’s wisdom is perfect – even so, it may not always be enough for you. The goods news is, there are other sources for wisdom on breaking up, and the Bible encourages us to seek “many counselors”.
Turn to Wise People
God is not the only source of wisdom in cases such as this. Your parents, your pastor, “church family”, and that select group of friends who you trust to give good advice – all of these are good sources for breakup help.
Proverbs 15:22 – “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.”
This verse from Proverbs encourages us to seek wisdom – and from many sources. If you want your breakup to be successful, the Bible teaches that you should seek the wise counsel of many. Seek a pastor at your church and ask them for guidance. See what wisdom from the Bible they can lead you toward. Be careful not to turn the conversation too specific – you’re looking for general advice on Christian breakups, not the pastor’s anointing on your breakup.
Have the “Talk”
Its now time to take the guidance you’ve gathered and put it into practice. If God is leading you to release yourself from your relationship, listen to that advice and prepare to have the breakup talk with your partner.
Ephesians 4:15 – “Speaking the truth in love, we will grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head.”
I love this verse from Ephesians – it tells me that making the right decisions and being honest with our loved ones draws us closer to God. In breaking up with a partner who isn’t right for you, you will find that you must be more honest with this person than you have been before. Say everything that’s on your heart, and if your partner is a Christian, consider sharing some of these verses with this person, and tell them how God has led you through this decision. A breakup can also be a time for “making things right” – what we call “making amends”. Remember what John says about confession — “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) To be truly cleansed by God regarding your transgressions during your relationship, you must make confession, and you must mean the confession in your heart. Talk to your partner about what may have gone wrong, and be honest with them.
God Wants A Better Future for You
Jeremiah 29:11 – “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”
If God led you into a breakup, you should rejoice – it means that God has a better plan for you, a plan “for peace”, and a future “filled with hope”. It is a powerful feeling, to communicate with God and see your life changed for the better. It is essential to the Christian experience to commune with our Creator this way. If you’re a Christian and you want to grow closer to God, you have help when it comes to making decisions about your personal life. Seek God’s wisdom, and the guided wisdom of those older and wiser than you, and your breakup will have God’s blessing.