“Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.” Colossians 2:20-23
Last week we introduced the topic of boundaries. Over the next few weeks, we will look at 10 biblical principles of boundaries to help us understand why they are so important to God. My prayer is that when we can get in line with what the Word of God says about boundaries,then we can begin to put them in to practice in our lives.
- The Law of Reaping and Sowing. (Gal 6:7-8)
The law of reaping and sowing means that there are consequences for every single action that we do.You get out of life what you put in and the same principle holds true for your health. There are consequences for eating the wrong foods, for not exercising, for choosing wrong thoughts, wrong words and wrong actions. Thankfully this principle works both ways so you can also reap the benefits of taking care of your temple.
2. The Law of Responsibility
The bible clearly calls us to take responsibility for our own life.
Phil 2:12-13 calls us to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” You must take 100% responsibility for yourself without blaming anyone or making excuses for your actions.
If you’re an adult, you can’t blame your parents, the diet industry, peer pressure, lack of food options for the food that goes into your mouth Sometimes we eat to not make someone else feel badly. This may be polite but it does not show self-responsibility on your part.
When we don’t fully understand what self-responsibility means, we can take this concept to extremes. Some Christians fear that they will become too self-centered because of an unbalanced belief our purpose is to love one another and deny ourselves. Conversely, many can also become too selfish and use the principle of self-responsibility as a way to only look after themselves.
Lastly, on the topic of self-responsibility, the bible also makes it clear that it’s not good to rescue someone from the consequences of their own sin otherwise you will keep having to do it over and over again. (Proverbs 19:19)
3. Law of Power ( Romans 7:15,19, 23)
The bible helps us define what we do and don’t have power over.
You do not have power in and of yourself to overcome your strongholds,
You do have power to:
- You have the power to submit your inability to God and let allow His power to work in you.
- You have the power to search and ask God to reveal more and more about what is within your boundaries.
- You have the power to turn from evil
- You have the power to humber yourself before God and turn to others for help
The Serenity Prayer is a wonderful depiction of what is within our boundaries:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
As you read the first three laws, share what the Holy Spirit is saying to you:
In the Facebook group ( for Haven small group members only) Boundaries
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