This weeks Meditation:  “Boundaries”
Read:  Galatians 5:16-26

When our children were younger we had a concrete divider line on our driveway that was about five feet in from the busy street that we lived on.  We had a very strict rule that this line was not to be crossed unless an adult was present.  

If a ball rolled out onto the road they had to come get one of us to retrieve it.  As our children got older this boundary line became less enforced but the lesson had already been engrained in their minds, “be careful when heading out onto the road.”

In Galatians 5:16-18 Paul talks about these boundaries.  He says, “The sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.”  What Paul is encouraging us to do is create boundaries in our lives that will help us stay pure and stay in step with the Spirit.  In fact what Paul is really teaching is that the Holy Spirit can help us with this.  

We have just come through the Easter season and we know that Jesus Christ has overcome the world.  His strength and forgiveness is available to those who come to Him with repentant hearts.  But it’s always best when we show our desire to be obedient to God by setting up boundaries in our lives and then asking the Holy Spirit to help us stay accountable and support us when the road gets tough.
Healthy boundaries might include filtering internet connections, monitoring television, movies, and other things as close as possible, considering who we are associating with as friends, and being careful with relationships in the workplace.  So often we think of children when we consider boundaries but we adults need them as well.  

When we go on a physical diet we always have to be careful about what we eat and how much we eat.  It should be no different in our spiritual lives!  As you move past Easter and you live in the life-giving truth of the resurrection, I would like to encourage all of us to heed the words of Paul as he ends this section of scripture in verse 25. He writes, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  

Make it personal:  What boundaries do you have set?  Do you need to set some new ones?  Allow Jesus Christ to help you with this and call on His Holy Spirit for support.  Christ is always waiting with open arms for those who come to him for strength, grace and forgiveness!

Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church