What spiritual boundaries do we need in our lives?

Spiritual boundaries should protect and benefit us by guiding our spiritual lives. We put fences around all sorts of physical dangers such as swimming pools, high-voltage areas, and firing ranges. We should also build boundaries to protect ourselves spiritually. Boundaries help us avoid pitfalls and mature as Christians. What are some areas in which we need to set spiritual boundaries?

Doctrine
We must understand the doctrines of the Bible and be committed to them. First Timothy 4:7 says, "Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness."

One way to set spiritual boundaries regarding doctrine is to be careful of the sources from which we seek truth. We want to stay away from human cunning and craftiness and focus instead on the Word of God (Ephesians 4:14–15; 2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 119:33). We need to evaluate the teachings we hear and be sure that we, ourselves, are studying Scripture. God wants us to rely on the Holy Spirit (John 14:16–17, 26; 16:13–15) as well as teachers who are mature and orthodox in their offerings (Ephesians 4:11–12).

Relationships
We become like those we spend time with, so we should be intentional about our companions (Proverbs 13:20; 22:24; 27:6, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 6:14). Invest in relationships that spur you on to spiritual maturity.

Conduct
We should understand God's call for righteous living and set clear and solid boundaries for ourselves to help us obey His commands (1 Corinthians 6:9–11; 2 Timothy 2:22; Romans 13:14). Make a conscious decision to avoid places, people, events, and things that will draw you away from God (Psalm 101:3; Proverbs 4:14–15; Joshua 24:15; Matthew 5:27–30; 2 Timothy 2:22; James 1:13–17).

Idols
As humans, we're always looking to replace God with idols in our lives. "Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols," said John Calvin. Decide to constantly put God back on the throne of your life and separate yourself from the world and its ways (2 Corinthians 6:17).

We know we need physical, mental, and emotional boundaries to lead healthy lives. Even more important than those are spiritual boundaries to help us in our walk with Christ. We want to maintain healthy souls and a thriving connection with God. Spiritual boundaries help us do that.


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