Barb says, “If we want to embrace our boundaries – and even grow to love them – we’ll have to get this idea out of our system that rules are bad.”
We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. I Timothy 1:8-9 NLT
Paul says that the law is good and that it is not intended for people who do what is right. I would definitely consider myself lawless and rebellious in the area of food! When I think about how many times I ask why I can’t eat like other people do and not gain weight… or why can’t I eat what I want… the law is for me. I need the law to protect myself from my bad behavior.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:14 NLT
‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything. I Corinthians 6:12 NIV
Instead, train yourself to be godly. I Timothy 4:7b NLT
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ James 4:6 ESV
So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.’ I Peter 1:14-16 NLT
I would say that every one of these Scriptures points to the fact that God wants me to have boundaries and to follow them. He loves me. He wants me to be holy for His glory and for my good. I need to have boundaries in order to protect myself from my “lawless and rebellious” nature.
Going through Taste for Truth by Barb Raveling
So tomorrow is the day I will be asked to make a commitment to my lifelong boundaries. I have been wrestling with a couple of things today. I am praying that by tomorrow I will know exactly what boundaries I am going to have.