This is from Facebook Questions:
“How does one go about ending a friendship with the least possible amount of hurt feelings?
Unless the friend is aware of the impending ending of your friendship, you typically will incur hurt feelings.
Some ways to avert those hurt feelings are to (in no particular order):
1. Let the person know exactly why you are ending the friendship – be clear and concise in your reasons and be honest above all!
2. Do not let the friendship linger on – if it’s over, it’s over, don’t make it worse by remaining in contact.
3. Before ending the friendship – make sure it is the right decision for you and make sure you understand why you are ending the friendship.
4. Pick the right time and place – a text message or email is not The Right Way to end a friendship. Be strong enough and do this job face to face in the right atmosphere.
5. Admit your faults and don’t place blame.
6. Mention not only the bad things, but also a good memory or two to keep things positive and not to get into an argument over who did the worse things in the friendship.
7. For your own benefit – begin making new friendships but allow yourself time to heal. A friendship is like a relationship in that it will take time to heal and no one else is going to Take That persons place.
This was one of the most depressing posts I’ve ever read. The thought of cutting people off in such a direct manner aggravates me; I wonder how this reflects kindness & compassion as how the Bible defines it [ref Eph 4:32]
As Christians, do we have any legitimate reasons to end friendships?