“Then Adonai answered Job out of the storm: “Who is this, darkening my plans with his ignorant words? Stand up like a man and brace yourself; I will ask questions; and you, give the answers! “Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know who determined its dimensions or who stretched the measuring line across it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? “Who shut up the sea behind closed doors when it gushed forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its blanket and dense fog its swaddling cloth, when I made the breakers its boundary set its gates and bars, and said, YOU MAY COME THIS FAR, BUT NO FARTHER; HERE ARE WHERE YOUR PROUD WAVES MUST STOP?” Job 38:1-11 (CJB)
A Boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which WE are responsible. Boundaries or the lack of them impacts every area of an individual’s life. HAVING CLEAR BOUNDARIES IS ESSENTIAL TO A GODLY WALK!
Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. THEY CAN FOCUS SO MUCH ON TRYING TO HELP OTHERS THAT THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHEN GOD WANTS THEM TO SAY, “NO”! Because HE wants to take care of the individual – HIMSELF!
Boundaries define us! They define who we are and who we are not. They have a positive and a negative function. They say positively, I am this, and this and this. They say negatively, I am not this, nor this, nor this.
When one thinks of relationship, one thinks of love. When one thinks of boundaries, one thinks of limits. Boundaries give us a sense of limits as to what is part of us and what is not part of us; what we will allow and what we will not allow!
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