How do you predict a relationship is in trouble and may not succeed. I heard Dr. Henry Cloud describe four behaviors that would foreshadow a breakdown in a relationship.
Do you have any relationship where these conditions exist?
Criticism, defensiveness and contempt are like roaches. They creep into relationships and contaminate. They don’t leave until someone takes action to exterminate them.
If you have this kind of relationship, it may be time to take stock.
Remember that you have your faults and can create frustration as well. A preacher, Tim Keller, says this: “We would be more patient and kind with people and less hurt if we regularly remembered that we all have deep core faults.”
Patience and kindness is respect.