12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death.’
The Lord put boundaries in place for the Israelites in regards to Mt. Sinai. He set limits on where they could go. His commandments are boundaries for us also; boundaries for our lives. They are not a list of dos and don’ts, but rather limits and commands on how to live our lives well.
The limits the Lord set in regards to Mt. Sinai were very serious and crossing those boundaries would result in death. We have boundaries in our lives as well and though they may not lead to our physical death, they can damage our relationships and our lives.
It is so easy for us to blur boundaries and not even recognize that they are blurred until they have been completely breached. Have you blurred financial boundaries? Are you overspending? Are you unable to pay your bills because you have charged too much on your credit cards?
Are you blurring boundaries in your relationships? Are you having conversations, texts, email exchanges with a person of the opposite sex that should be taking place with our spouse?
Are you a helicopter parent who does everything for your child? Are you intervening on your child’s behalf so much that your child isn’t experiencing their own independence?
Are you overly involved in others lives by constantly giving your opinions?
Is your ability to tell the truth becoming more difficult because you tell so many white lies? Or do you exaggerate situations regularly when recounting them to others?
When you look at your life, how are your boundaries? Are their boundaries you need to strengthen and shore up? Are their boundaries that have been blurred and lines that have been crossed? Spend some time with the Lord today and ask Him to show you where your boundaries are being blurred and lines are being crossed. Ask Him for forgiveness and ask Him to empower you to put those boundary lines back in place.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway..com
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