10. They Treat Their Families Badly
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This can run into a number of problems, depending on how you slice it. Families, after all, can create a catalyst of high tensions or life-changing relationships. But if you find them doing the following, you may need to have a serious conversation:
Complaining frequently about members of their family
Being somewhat clingy with certain members of their family (such as younger Christians who are still living at home, who aren’t eager to leave home any time soon)
Refusing to reconcile or attempt to heal from a very jaded familial past
Granted, some familial circumstances can leave people in devastating situations, ranging from abuse to divorce. But if they seem to dwell on those hardships for a long period of time, or look to you as the source of salvation from a broken past, you may need space.
They want you to do a job only God can do.
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