A topic I have included in my book, Unshackled, is the importance of healthy relationships. This can be a real challenge as we are all needy in some area and may be inclined to try to get our friends or family to meet those needs. I am not talking about the basic consideration we should extend to each other. I am talking about trying to “draw” out of others to meet our need for self-esteem and affirmation.

True friends will not reinforce each other in wrong attitudes and thinking. They will guard against taking up offenses against anyone who has mistreated their friend and will encourage the friend in healthy and Godly ways to deal with opportunities to take offense. The brochure on my website dealing with offense has some suggestions I have found helpful for resisting offense. In addition, the book has tips that I have discovered in my struggles in this area.

© Peggy Park

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