When I think about boundaries, I think about love. Just like fences, walls and gates can make for healthy, neighborly relationships, and trimming potentially deadly ivy from strangling a tree, setting up relational limits and expectations, can really demonstrate love for self and others.
Remember, before, I’ve discussed love as a verb, an action word that does not have to be in any way connected to one’s emotions. Recently, I’ve chosen to set boundaries to protect the sanctity of my family, home and well-being. It can be difficult to do; yet sometimes, it is the only wise option.
I think family, rather by blood in the natural or via Christ’s blood, are often the most challenging to show boundary love toward. Any one of us may at any time choose to pull back from intentional living. It is at those times that we can open the door to the enemy. While a Christian cannot be possessed by demonic forces, they can choose to cooperate intentionally or be oppressed while living in a state of unintentionality. This is part of what creates confusion in how to proceed in relation to our Christian family members.
To stay in the effective flow of the Holy Spirit and claim what God promised us in 2 Timothy 1:7, sometimes we have to continue to bless those that curse us and pray for those that intentionally misuse us as the Word commands and at the same time not compromise the emotional, physical or financial wholeness of those God has appointed to be in our care.
So be encouraged today, to seek the Lord and ask Him, if you are in a difficult situation, how you can show true love and courage in the face of adversity.
Special thanks to my daughter who wanted to type this blog for you.