This blog had a lot to say. It gave me a lot to think about. Yes, we need to emulate Christ and learn to forgive, over and over. But what about tough love? When is enough enough? We all have to learn from our own choices. The bad choices we make teach us how to live and to learn from them. If someone is constantly fixing the consequences of our bad choices, we learn nothing. And a friend who is constantly taking from you, or constantly expecting you to give emotionally, or monetarily, is not much of a friend. If you have stayed in that friendship hoping to help someone, but all that is happening is that you are being sucked dry, it is time to distance yourself from them. When you spend a lot of time in the company of those who drag you down emotionally, or morally, compromising your Christian values, you are no longer an influence on them…they are influencing you. We ultimately have to protect our own spiritual health with the help of prayer and obedience to God. There is always a fine line between one thing and the other…the two sides of a coin, if you will. You have to be careful to know your boundaries and strive never to cross that spiritual line. And if you do…learn to recognize what you have done, and turn back to the Church, the Bible and to prayer to get back to that “narrow road” that leads to God.
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