The ‘gates’ of his boundaries open and close appropriately. 1: 26), he gave us personal responsibility within limits.He wants us to ‘rule and subdue’ the earth and to be responsible stewards over the life he has given us.He guards his house and will not allow evil things to go on there.He invites people in who will love him, and he lets his love flow outward to them at the same time.With lots of practical illustrations and scenarios drawn from sessions with some of their clients, the authors teach that setting limits or saying ‘No’ doesn’t mean that we are selfish or unloving.Rather, it helps us to put things in proper perspective and take care of ourselves so that we can receive comfort with which we can then comfort others. That may mean setting boundaries on our ministries so that we can be nurtured by our friends.What do you do with the friend who always remembers you only when in need, yet cares nothing about your own wellbeing?
In relationships, boundaries define who we are and who we are not, which impacts every part of our lives.
And sometimes, it could be a very good friend or loved one who has a genuine need but you’re already so stretched with your own personal commitments that ideally, you should turn down the request but you take it on.
After all, shouldn’t we show love and kindness to people in need especially when they are so desperately in need?
The numbers were suddenly not looking nearly so good.
This is one of those areas where contemporary Christians so often do very poorly and this is exactly why there have been so many recent books on dating, courtship, purity and all the rest.