Don’t let this title deceive you. I don’t mean the type of relationship that’s harmful to your physical being. I’m talking about the type of relationship that damages your psychological, emotional and even spiritual self. A minister at my church spoke about this topic last weekend, referencing the story of Sampson and Delilah. For those of you who are unfamiliar or are a little rusty, here’s the very short version. God had given Sampson super human strength which was contained in his hair. But Sampson had a weakness for women. One of the women he was messing with took money to find out the source of strength and eventually cut off his hair rendering him as weak as any other man.
For a majority of the sermon I sat there thinking that I would never find myself in such a predicament. I’ve never had a problem recognizing red flags and cutting people off with a quickness. But the more I thought about, I realize even healthy, supportive relationships have the potential to become dangerous if we aren’t careful. Here are some signs that your relationship is sliding down a slippery slope.