I first shared this years ago in response to some parents’ comments about friends and even family who simply would not relent in offering unsolicited advice or worse, graceless observations on how they “should be” handling their grief.
While I am all for assuming the best about folks, I am not an advocate of submitting oneself to bullying.
Boundaries are not only helpful, they are absolutely, positively necessary for anyone. And especially for wounded hearts.
You do not have to be anyone else’s punching bag!❤ Melanie
There are some people who make it a habit to be insensitive.
They are the ones who delight in speaking their mind regardless of how it hurts another heart. They pride themselves on “telling it like it is” and justify the fallout as a necessary consequence of “opening the eyes” of people they consider “blind to the truth”.
And while I believe that it is my duty as a Christ follower to forgive these folks when they hurt my feelings, I do not believe that I am required to continue to offer my heart to them to be tossed to the ground and trampled.
Read the rest here: Boundaries: I’m Not a Punching Bag