36 BarriersPosted: September 30, 2012
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life…An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 18:19
As stated previously, boundaries provide structure and support to our lives. Nonetheless, boundaries need to be flexible enough to allow ebb and flow in relation to others. Rigid boundaries do not allow good in and bad out; they put up barriers of self-protection around our souls.
In reality, we need to guard our hearts and keep unsafe people from muddying our wellsprings. Pleasing or placating others can break down our boundaries and may leave us vulnerable but the alternative of blocking all people totally out of our lives in our attempt to keep ourselves from being hurt is not the answer. We do not want the wellsprings of our hearts muddied by those who would use or harm us, but to put walls around our hearts that close out any interaction with others can lead to a hardened heart. Consequently, we need to be flexible and open. This is especially true in relation to the Lord. We need to receive the good things He has for us and pour out the bad things to Him in prayers and petitions.
Also, God will bring to us safe people. Together, we will speak His Word in love to one another, listen to one another and will hear Him and be knit together. The Lord will breathe life into our aching hearts. He will meet us with His power and love. We need to receive His life, power and love. Our barriers to Him and His body block His goodness from coming to us. We need to let go of our barriers.
Letting go of our barriers may seem really scary. We have trusted our barriers to protect us. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) We need to trust the Lord to protect us. The Lord wants us to have boundaries. We are not to trust just anybody and everybody. Remember, the wise are cautious in friendship (Proverbs 12:26).
As we let go of our barriers, we need to learn and replace them with good boundaries. We will encounter both internal and external resistance as we let go of our barriers and replace them with good boundaries. The Lord freely gives us His love and power. In loving Him we also need to learn how to trust Him. We cannot love Him in our own power and we often resist Him but He is able to help us in our weakness and give us the power to learn, receive His love and love Him back.
Bringing down the barriers and yielding to Him,
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