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Oh great, it’s time to break up. On the one hand, congrats! This is a positive step for you. On the other hand, dang! Stinks when things don’t work out.

Now, there’s certainly an art to the breakup, especially from a faith standpoint, where you want to maximize your compassion and minimize the other person’s pain. It’s easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself to make sure things go as well as they can, and to leave with a warm “well, I’m glad they know Jesus still loves them” feeling, but the reality is, things almost never go that way.

Breakups are hard. They’re messy and gross and they make you cry. Chances are, you’ve seen it all with breakups. So have we. We know how it goes:

1. When you know it’s about to end but you need to put on a good face.

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2. Alright, time to rip the Band-Aid off.

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3. “We should see other people.”

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4. “Wow, I didn’t know anyone could cry that much.”

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5. “Wait, I didn’t know I could cry that much.”

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Better destroy my phone now to purge the old texts.

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7. Call in your squad as backup support.

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8. That unexpected aftershock of heartbreak.

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9. Congrats. You’re over it. Breakups are so easy.

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