FiberglassExteriorDoorwithwreathjelwenSpeaking directly about those we live nearby, Solomon instructs in Proverbs:25:17,

“Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house –

too much of you, and he will hate you.”

Not only is this important for me to be aware of, but I also want my children to understand this principle in dealing with their friends.  Allow time for your friend to reciprocate.  Don’t always be the one to call and suggest being together.

I think it takes humility to accept the fact that someone needs space.  Don’t take it personally.  Even Solomon recognized the need for space in relationships.