Boundaries/Límites - SP 

Boundaries: Healthy Lives Require Healthy Limits

Part 1 – Why We Need Them
Galatians 6:1-5

July 15, 2018
Libin Abraham, SCBC Campus Pastor—Missouri City

 

1. What are boundaries?

A. Boundaries are limits that define and protect:

Identity: Who you are

Purpose: What you were created to do

Responsibility: What you are responsible for

B. God is pro-boundary.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

C. Consequences of a boundary-less life:

Compliance: Saying Yes to the Bad

Avoidance: Saying No to the Good

Controlling: Disrespecting and devaluing others

 

2. Healthy lives require healthy limits.

A. Boundaries allow for true freedom.

1. Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

2. Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

B. Boundaries require hard conversations.

1. Galatians 2:11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.

2. Galatians 6:7 A man reaps what he sows.

C. Boundaries clarify what we are actually responsible for.

Galatians 6:2-5 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.

 

3. Questions for reflection:

Galatians 6:4 Let each person examine his own work (CSB)

A. What or who is limiting my true freedom?

B. What more have I taken on to please people?

C. Are there hard conversations that I am afraid to have? 

D. What am I carrying that I was never supposed to carry?

 

Action Steps to take this week …

1. I will examine my life to see where I need to establish healthy boundaries. 

2. I will apologize to those whose boundaries I have violated. 

3. If I feel constantly overwhelmed, I will let go of things that I was never meant to carry. 

4. I will invite someone to join me next week for Part 2 of “Boundaries.”