There are those in our lives who bring us joy and lift up our spirits. There are also those whose biting criticism is demoralizing and discouraging. Do you know how to set boundaries on those who would hurt you? Even Jesus had some people in his world—like Judas—who are deceptive and betray our trust. They take advantage of us and we must work extra hard to protect ourselves. Protecting ourselves is not only not selfish, but is our responsibility. We must guard against toxic people so that our lives remain healthy and so that we can be a blessing to others. Scripture says “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you perceive not in him the lips of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7).

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at drdavid@marriagerecoverycenter.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed! He is also excited to continue offering his special eBook, A Love Life of Your Dreams free for you to download.