“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’ “
Genesis 2 is a perfect example of God setting healthy boundaries. He presents a choice for Adam: eat whatever you want, except fruit from one tree. If you choose to eat from that tree, there will be consequences. I cannot give a boundary without a consequence, good or bad, or else it is powerless to do what it was intended to accomplish. Had God said, “No,” then didn’t follow through with the outlined outcome, His boundaries would be counted as unreliable and pointless.
How many of us set boundaries for others, yet do nothing when they are violated? How many of us begin with good intentions, but get lost in the execution? Following through on your word is crucial to healthy boundaries in family, friendship, and all of life! If you think in your heart you will stand up for yourself and finally say “No” to someone, yet continue to let them walk all over you, your “no” loses its power. The external execution must match the internal decision.
1.) Ask God to reveal a boundary He has given you in these past five weeks. What are the consequences if you do not follow them?
2.) When was the last time you followed through with a boundary you set? What happened when you did? How has it affected you in good and bad ways? How can you give the results to God today?
3.) God lets us choose, and you must let others choose. How do you react when someone else chooses the opposite of what you hoped? How would God handle that situation, and how can you react the same?