There are going to be times in our recovery journey when we will encounter individuals who are difficult to be around. They may have very poor social skills or might have ways of expressing themselves that are different from ours. Recovery is full of people who have experienced trauma and have become emotionally stuck at a child or adolescent level. No matter what has happened, we must respond to everyone with love.
Everyone who enters the doors of recovery has a need for us to respond with love to them. We cannot allow the behavior of others to dictate how we behave. Our response must always be loving and grace-filled, while at the same time we set boundaries that are healthy for us. One of the best things we can do is to mirror Christ in how He set boundaries with others all throughout His ministry.
It is possible to respond with love and set healthy boundaries for ourselves. Christ showed us how in Scripture. We respond with love but we don’t allow ourselves to be abused by those who have no boundaries. One of the most important tasks in recovery is learning how to set healthy boundaries. Doing so allows us to more fully show the love of Christ to those who have never had healthy, authentic, loving friendships with others. We then grow in maturity and in our relationship with Christ as we respond to others with love.
Written by Jackell.