Relationships 101:Boundaries

Lately the subject of boundaries has been put on my heart. God has taught me more about boundaries in the past six months than He has in the previous years of my entire life, and it has been a great journey.

I have found with many people boundaries are either solid stone like the one in the above picture or more like a chain-link fence. Both are boundaries, but one is less protective than the other. This I feel has to do with the severity of a persons past. I myself have experienced some traumatic losses in my life, and for awhile I set up some pretty unhealthy boundaries. One of which was me striving to always please everyone I came across. Sadly many people feel so overwhelmed by life that they put up any and every boundary they can in order to take control of an out-of-control situation. What many people do not realize is that we, meaning all humans, were never meant to be in complete control. Psalms 24:1, 1 Chronicles 29:11-12, and many other passages show us that God alone posesses and controls everything that has been made. God did not design us to fight every battle for ourselves, far too many times we try to do that. Now, put all of this back in the context of boundaries. In my honest opinion if any given person would lay down their pride and any other emotion which gives them a selfish “I don’t need anyone to pull me from this mess” attitude and would realize that God is capable of anything andq then would earnestly seek to please God and only God then healthy boundaries will fall into place. When God is the center of a persons life it causes them to look outwardly and seek the best interests of others rather than skidishly approaching relationships with a predetermined amount of fear already in their mind. It also allows them to offer everything they physically, emotionally, and spiritually can offer to The Kingdom of God.

After reading this post I want you to ask yourself this: What boundaries do you have in life and are they helping or hurting your impact on God’s Kingdom?

In Him
~Bryan

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